Orthodontics

FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Today, orthodontic treatment is simple, convenient and affordable for patients of all ages. An attractive smile is just one of those benefits. The care you receive from Chmura Orthodontics include correctly aligning your teeth to provide ideal jaw function, assess your airway and how you are sleeping, if you have headaches or pain, and other issues that affect your overall health. Additionally, your teeth will be easier to clean and more resistant to gum disease. For most teenagers, getting braces is a rite of passage. If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, regardless of your age, braces are often the best option to help straighten teeth. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. For more information or to get started, give us a call today at 269.781.4000.

Orthodontics is Right For You If…

 

  • You Finally Have Access to Better Dental Coverage

  • You're Ready for Your Smile Makeover

  • You Didn't Wear Your Retainer After Previous Treatment

  • Your Bite Has Changed Over Time

  • You Need a Complete Approach to Treating Gum Disease

  • You Suffer From TMJ Syndrome

  • Your Concerned About Limited Treatment Options

  • Maybe growing up, you didn’t have dental insurance or your parents couldn’t afford to pay for you to get braces. Now you’re independent and can budget for what’s most important to you personally. For some people, that means finally getting braces.

    Thanks to affordable payment options, it’s easier to finance braces than ever before. That’s why so many working adults and parents are finally deciding to invest in their own smiles.

  • Having beautiful teeth is important to you. Perhaps your current smile makes you feel too embarrassed to do something as simple as smile in photographs. Straighter teeth can boost your confidence and help you to feel more outgoing.

    Having healthy, properly aligned teeth makes it easier for your cosmetic dentist to provide services like veneers or bonding, without compromising their integrity. Orthodontic treatment serves to provide a great template to work with.

  • You already wore braces once. But, either you didn’t wear your retainer or when your wisdom teeth came in, they pushed your teeth together again. Now you see crowding or gaps where teeth have shifted back into place.

  • The older we get the more forward our teeth tend to drift. Look in the mirror; do your lower front teeth appear pushed together or starting to look flat? Aligning them properly can help you extend the life of healthy teeth.

  • Crooked, misaligned teeth are difficult to keep clean. Even if you floss each day and use an electric toothbrush, there will be areas that you just can’t reach. That’s why these teeth are so much more likely to suffer the effects of tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease.

    Straightening your teeth with braces can help you to better care for your smile and reverse gum disease. Your dentist or periodontist may recommend orthodontic therapy as a part of your non-surgical treatment alternative.

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (also called: TMJ or TMJ Syndrome)

    Your jaw moves thousands of times each day. It relies on the upper and lower teeth to have a healthy biting relationship, so that it can work efficiently. But if your teeth don’t align properly, it causes minor modifications in your jaw function. This might not seem very significant, but over time it can cause pain and deterioration to your jaw and surrounding muscles.

  • Maybe you’ve been hesitant about seeing an orthodontist because you still don’t like the idea of “metal mouth.” Thanks to advancements in technology and materials, we can now straighten your teeth with clear or tooth-colored appliances. From invisible trays to ceramic brackets, or lingual orthodontics, you have more cosmetic braces options than ever before.

 

Is My Child Ready For Orthodontic Care?

 

  • Your Child's Age

  • Current Oral Health

  • Compliance with Treatment

  • Types of Braces for Children

  • Serious Aesthetic or Speech Concerns

  • Your child’s age will play a significant part on the type of appliances that work best for his or her smile. Some of the things we will need to take into account are:

    The development of your child’s jaws | How many primary (baby) teeth remain | Development and location of permanent (adult) teeth

    Speech concerns | Past dental injuries (such as broken teeth) | Thumb/finger sucking habits | Premature tooth loss

    Hereditary conditions that affect the teeth

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends performing an orthodontic evaluation when children are around age seven.

  • It’s vital that your child have healthy teeth before starting any type of orthodontic treatment. Putting braces on a child with active tooth decay or poor oral hygiene is never a good idea. Your family dentist will need to fill active cavities before we can start treatment; and see your child for routine check-ups every six months through their course of therapy.

    As a parent, it’s important that you help your child to clean around their braces. Depending on his or her dexterity and age, they may not be able to fully remove all the areas of plaque that collect throughout the day.

  • Will your child be able to follow proper home care instructions and avoid harmful foods that could break their braces? There’s a certain level of discipline and maturity that comes with getting braces. Most children will be proud to sport their new appliances and care for them, but it’s something that you need to take into consideration.

  • Depending on what your child’s bite needs are, we will recommend an appropriate type of treatment or braces to help correct or intervene in a way that reduces the need for more complex treatment later. Some examples include:

    Phase I/Early Intervention | Growth Modification | Space Maintainers | Conventional Braces | Palatal Expanders | Herbst Appliances

  • Your child’s age will play a significant part on the type of appliances that work best for his or her smile. Some of the things we will need to take into account are:

    The development of your child’s jaws | How many primary (baby) teeth remain | Development and location of permanent (adult) teeth

    Speech concerns | Past dental injuries (such as broken teeth) | Thumb/finger sucking habits | Premature tooth loss

    Hereditary conditions that affect the teeth

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends performing an orthodontic evaluation when children are around age seven.

TYPES OF CARE

AFTER HOURS CARE

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you can identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

During business hours, please call us at 269-781-4000. If your emergency is after hours, please call our on call phone at 269-730-7960.