What are the advantages of Individual Orthodontics®?
Using a CAD (Computer Aided Design) orthodontic software application, Dr Nicula will design a customized appliance. Since the braces have been specifically made for you (custom made in USA – in fact right here in Aliso Viejo), faster and more effective treatment can be expected. Tens of thousands of cases have already proven that this is the most efficient way to straighten your teeth, and is the next generation of orthodontics.
- Faster Treatment: Treatment with the IP Appliance® has been shown to be over 40% faster than typical straightwire cases.
- Less Treatment Visits: Less time at the doctor’s office, fewer wire changes, and minimal pain or irritation. Because of the long-acting materials, you only have to see your dentist every two months, as opposed to every month with prior straight archwire appliances.
- The Best Treatment Results: Individual Orthodontics diagnosis compensates for unwanted tooth movements, leaving only the movement from the original tooth position to the final tooth position. Computer aided diagnosis predicts the path to the final position, shortening the trip and your treatment time!
- Improved Retention:Once your smile is perfect, keeping that beautiful shape for years to come is a process called retention. By straightening your teeth earlier and more effectively in treatment, you are holding the teeth in their ideal position longer than straight archwire systems, which improves your retention. The Individual Patient Appliance will also overcorrect when it rotates teeth, so that the mild relapse that occurs when you no longer wear braces will leave your smile in the perfect position.
- Very Important: Brackets and wires are custom made in USA especially for you!
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When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
Well, if your child was the dentists’ child, when would he/she start treatment? That’s how you would like your child to be treated. You can ask your dentist this question directly!
Many orthodontic problems can be identified by as early as age six. After your child’s initial exam, it is advisable that a comprehensive long-term treatment plan be formulated and coordinated year-by-year to reach the final desired result. While there might be several years without treatment, other years may be reserved for full braces. When your dentist has more time for treatment, full correction is more predictable, with the smile that everyone wishes for realized in the great majority of cases!
Each problem has a “best” time to make the correction. A crowded tooth may be straightened at any time, but if a tooth is straightened and held in the corrected position for a longer time, then retention of this new position is improved. Some bite problems are best treated during periods of growth, while others require a significant amount of patient cooperation. Teenage patients might not be good about wearing their removable appliances, but they are more willing to when they are only 8 years old. To give your dentist as much time as possible to formulate a plan and treat your child, request an orthodontic evaluation when your son or daughter is six years old!
What can be done early?
Early may be defined here as any time before the full eruption of the permanent teeth, and is commonly referred to by dentists as Phase I Treatment. Most Phase I Treatment is designed to accelerate corrections and eliminate specific problems that may be resistant to full braces treatment later in life. Starting treatment early will minimize orthodontic problems and reduce the time your child will spend in full braces.
The final straightening, bite correction, and establishment of the best smile are reserved for Phase II Treatment, after all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Full eruption usually takes place around age eleven for girls and thirteen for boys; of course, each patient is different. Dr. Nicula, certified in individual patient orthodontics, will list the treatment goals of Phase I and Phase II at the consultations, using computerized prediction methods to make the most accurate diagnosis.
Reasons to Start Treatment Early
The best reason to start early is to be assured that the complete problem is corrected, reaching a final smile that is beautiful. Some malocclusions adversely affect the social development and self image of the child, so treating these situations early is encouraged. With regards to your child, a value judgment must be made for each individual and for each problem. Dr. Nicula, certified in individual patient orthodontics, will make recommendations specific to your children, and treat them as if they were her own.
Is Two Phase Treatment An Efficient Approach?
It is important that the materials and appliances used in early treatment are long-acting, which increases the amount of time between visits, the total number of visits, and your child’s overall comfort with braces. For a dentist such as Dr Nicula using the Individual Patient (IP) Appliance®, 8 to 12 weeks between visits can be expected.
Computerized appliance diagnosis and the application of brackets and archwires specific for the patient characteristics and treatment are essential to reducing doctor time in these longer cases, which saves you money in the process! By diagnosing tooth-by-tooth, as is done in individual patient orthodontics, the final tooth position may be established early in treatment, reducing the time and energy to make the final tooth movements during the second phase.
You’re Not Too Old For Braces!
Adults are great candidates for braces.
The reasons for adult orthodontics are as diverse as they are for children. Saving teeth and improving chewing abilities are the prime reasons for adult orthodontics.
In fact, they go hand in hand, since crooked teeth and a bad bite are often forerunners of gum disease. The change in facial appearance after treatment is a happy side effect in most instances.
Striking personality changes have also been noted in people when their chin no longer recedes behind buck teeth, or their jaw no longer thrusts out!
During your first consultation Dr Nicula will analyze your orthodontic needs and recommend the best approach. Possible options are clear braces – Invisalign – or wire braces – orthodontic appliances made especially for you.
For more details regarding Invisalign, please visit our Invisalign page