- Our Process
- Invisalign & Invisalign Teen
- Damon Braces
- Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Sleep Apnea
- Surgical Orthodontics
There are orthodontic advantages to treating certain cases in two separate stages. The goal of the Phase I treatment is to develop well-oriented jaws, healthy bones and gums, and adequate room for permanent teeth. Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. For example, an upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can benefit from early orthodontic treatment. Crowded jaws can also benefit from early observation and treatment. This early correction can prevent the removal of permanent teeth due to excessive overbite or overcrowding. If you believe a problem exists, you are most likely correct in your assessment.
Generally, we use a growth-modifying appliance for skeletal problems, limiting the need for braces, to create necessary space for patients between 8-12 years of age. In our practice, approximately 25 percent of patients evaluated between these ages undergo early treatment. Our goals for these cases are:
- Influence jaw growth in a positive manner
- Improve the width of the dental arches
- Reduce the need to extract permanent teeth
- Reduce/eliminate the need for jaw surgery
- Mitigate the risk of trauma to (or breakage of) protruding front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve facial aesthetics, which translate to higher self-esteem
- Simplify and shorten treatment time for Phase II
- Improve speech development
- Improve the position of erupting teeth
- Preserve or create more space for erupting teeth
- Guide permanent teeth into more favorable position(s)
- Improve lip competence, keeping the lips together
- Take advantage of increased orthodontic compliance before the busy teenage years
Invisalign for Adult, Teen & Transfer Patients
Invisalign & Invisalign Teen use a series of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth without the impact of traditional braces. Invisalign allows you to go through your Orthodontic treatment while maintaining your current life style by not requiring the use of braces or wires. Virtually invisible to others, Invisalign effectively moves teeth to get you the beautiful smile you deserve.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system relies on the use of a series of aligners designed to slowly and comfortably move your teeth into the desired position. This is accomplished through the use of 3D imagine technology. These images map your bite as it currently is and then create a plan to work them into the final, improved position. Each aligned made is another step in the completion of this plan. As these aligners are clear, no one needs to know you are wearing them. What more could you ask for from orthodontic treatment in Riverview?
These invisible aligners are as no muss, no fuss as orthodontic treatment gets. As the Invisalign system does not rely on traditional metal brackets and wires, there are not uncomfortable adjustments to be made. Instead, you simply switch to the next aligner on schedule. This means fewer office visits and less time spent when you do have one.
One of the greatest hassles of traditional braces is maintaining your dental hygiene; brushing and flossing with braces is vital but also a giant pain. However, if you are using the Invisalign system, you can simply pop out your aligner to brush, floss, and clean the aligner itself.
What can I Expect?
Before you even begin, you will get the chance to see the final result of your treatment. When your doctor takes the scans, he will generate visuals that walk you through the entire process from start to finish. This is great motivation to keep you on track and wearing your aligners.
Once the treatment plan is set, he will make your series of aligners. Every two weeks, you will move to the next, continuing until treatment is complete and the desired results have been achieved. Each new aligner will slightly move your teeth, causing no pain and minimal discomfort. Office visits will be scheduled every six weeks. You can expect treatment to take between 9 and 15 months with between 18 and 30 aligners used. Even if Hollywood is far removed from Fishawk, Invisalign can still give you a Hollywood smile.
Worried That Invisalign Will Interfere with Extracurriculars?
Not only are the aligners removable, they are very durable. Invisalign will not interfere with any of your extracurricular activities. No matter if you are acting, playing soccer, running cross country or part of the school band, Invisalign will let you continue to do all the activities you love.
Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he’s undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!
Because Dr. Abdoney is skilled in both areas, he is able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.
Our Solution: TAP Appliance
The TAP® (Thornton Adjustable Positioner®) is an oral appliance similar to an athletic mouth guard that is worn while sleeping. Developed with advanced technology, it alleviates snoring and sleep apnea by holding the mandible forward during sleep to prevent the tongue and soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway. The TAP is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The airway must be open to allow air to pass through the throat.
What is Surgical Orthodontics?
Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient´s ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.
Who needs surgical orthodontics?
Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial esthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.
How does it work?
During your orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts 6-18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.
Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon, and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.
When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4-8 weeks), your orthodontist “fine-tunes” your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.