Orthodontic treatment can give you the smile of your dreams, save you thousands of dollars less than porcelain veneers or crowns and get straight teeth without anyone noticing. Why wait to correct your smile? Saratoga Springs’s cosmetic dentist Dr. Moreau can offer you an affordable, comfortable, efficient and minimally invasive way to have a more radiant and confident smile with the magic of orthodontics.
Saratoga Springs’s dentist Dr. Moreau has incorporated orthodontics into his restorative and cosmetic treatment philosophy because it is a conservative option to restoring proper bite relationship, maintaining healthy gums and creating an attractive smile. There are primary two main type of orthodontic treatment; short-term (lastly 3-9 months) or comprehensive (lastly 1-2 years). Within these two types of treatment there two approaches: either fixed appliances (braces) or removable appliances (clear aligners).
Short Term Orthodontics- Six Month Smiles
Short term orthodontics, commonly referred to as Accelerated Orthodontics, Fast Orthodontics, Power Braces or Six Month Smiles, is limited in scope focusing on improving the appearance of the upper and/or lower front teeth in a very short time period- usually between 3-9months. The objective is to straighten the front teeth without changing the overall bite relationship. Short term braces is the most natural, most conservative, least invasive and more affordable approach for you to improve your appearance. Treatment may consist of the placement of clear braces or clear removable aligners. Dr. Moreau’s appliance of choice for short term orthodontics is Six Month Smiles or Invisalign, MTM Clear Aligner, or EZ ALign
Comprehensive orthodontics is the most common form of orthodontic treatment involving the alignment of teeth, establishing proper jaw function and bite relationship of the upper and lower teeth. Treatment consists of placement of braces on all the upper and lower teeth and being connected by wires; or the placement of upper and lower clear removable aligners fitted over the teeth. Treatment time may vary anywhere between 9-24 months depending up the situation and desired outcome. Dr. Moreau’s appliance of choice for comprehensive orthodontics is Insignia Damon Clear or Invisalign.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is revolutionary orthodontic procedure for adults who want to improve their smile by straightening the front teeth in a short period of time. Dr. Moreau uses clear braces and light forces to move the teeth. Since Six Month Smiles is not concerned with perfecting the bite in your back teeth, the treatment time is shortened. The advantages of Six Month Smiles are:
- average treatment time of only six months (may vary up to 9)
- typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy or veneers
- clear braces so they are hardly noticeable
Insignia Damon Clear
Insignia is an interactive orthodontic software system that allows Dr. Moreau to create your smile specifically for you. The Insignia software uses virtual 3D imaging to generate a model of your mouth, Dr. Moreau is able to analyze the most effective and efficient way to help you achieve a ‘wow’ smile. Once the treatment plan is created, Dr. Moreau will order one of the most advanced brace system available Damon Clear braces and with custom archwires your teeth will be guide into the correct position smoothly and directly. This system reduces treatment time giving you the smile you want sooner than you ever thought possible.
Some of the benefits of the Insignia Damon Clear system are:
- precise bracket placement and predictable treatment outcomes
- fewer scheduled appointments
- custom braces for you
- 100% personalized treatment results in reduced time in braces
Invisalign – Clear Braces
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of clear, custom made plastic aligners. Once Dr. Moreau discusses your treatment options impressions, photographs and x-rays are taken of your teeth and face and Invisalign carefully reviews and translates the doctor’s instructions into a series of custom aligners. Each set of aligner is worn for about 2 weeks gently moving your teeth gradually until you have achieved the intended result. The average length of treatment is usually 12 months depending on the specific case. The advantages of Invisalign are:
- there are no metal wires or brackets
- aligner are comfortable
- comfortable on eating because they can be removed
- clear, invisible and hardly noticeable
MTM Clear Align and EZ Align
MTM Clear Align and EZ Align are clear removable aligner systems that are specifically indicated for minor tooth corrections. They are worn for a short period of time and are a fraction of the cost of the other therapies.