If you think orthodontic treatment is virtually the same as it was even ten years ago, or that braces are the same no matter who you choose to be your doctor, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The technological advances, philosophy of treatment and experience offered by the team at Chapel Hills Orthodontics is amazing. Our options today are faster, more comfortable and more esthetic than ever. So whether you can't wait to show the world your braces or you'd rather they just disappear, letting your true smile shine through, we can hook you up.
With the Damon Smile System, we provide:
- Treatment without tightening
- Faster treatment times
- Fuller, wider smiles
- Greater comfort
Orthodontic Treatment for Children
While there is no wrong age for orthodontic treatment, Dr. Schultz believes the optimum age for children to be evaluated for treatment is between the ages of 3 and 9. This makes it possible for the team at Chapel Hills Orthodontics to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems in the least invasive way.
Early treatment allows us to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems
In many cases, Dr. Schultz will recommend holding off on the decision to put your child in orthodontic treatment until they have all their adult teeth. In those cases, we will see your child, free of charge, once a year to track his/her growth and address any issues that develop as your child grows.
Treatment for Teens & Adults
At Chapel Hills Orthodontics the options for teens and adults include Invisalign - for straight teeth without braces. Damon braces - for treatment without tightening and, of course, both metal and clear braces. So whether you want to show the world you're in treatment or you'd prefer to be more discreet, we can make it happen.
Our treatment options are faster than the traditional approach still used by many orthodontists. Plus, they're more comfortable and require less frequent visits to our office so you can enjoy your time in treatment almost as much as you'll enjoy having your beautiful new smile.
Whether you're a teenager or the CEO of a major corporation your smile plays an important role in your life. That's why the team at Chapel Hills Orthodontics has options to help you love your smile even while you're in treatment. They have successfully treated hundreds of teens and adults for issues ranging from cosmetic concerns to complicated dental and functional conditions - and Dr. Schultz almost never recommends tooth extraction or surgery.
Benefits of treatment include:
- Improved smile and appearance
- Increased confidence; no more hiding your smile!
- Reduced tooth wear from misaligned teeth
- Improved oral hygiene; much easier to brush and floss aligned teeth
- Improved periodontal (gum) health
- Improvement of TMJ disorders and related symptoms such as headaches
Life With Braces
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, including between teeth, on the surface of each tooth and around each bracket and wires. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:
- In the morning after breakfast
- After lunch or right after school
- After dinner
- At bedtime
Brushing the brackets and wires can cause your toothbrush to wear more quickly than before braces. If you notice the bristles starting to bend or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. Do not swallow any toothpaste as you brush, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.
Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day. A floss threader which has a stiff end will help you push the floss under your archwire. Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.
What to Eat:
For the most part, you'll be able to eat many of the same foods you've eaten before. The general rule is to avoid things that are hard, sticky, gummy or chewy, to prevent breaking the bond that holds the brackets on the teeth. Click here for a more detailed list that you can print.