Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Orthodontic & Cosmetic Dentistry Services for Canandaigua, Victor & Geneva, NY


Cosmetic Dentistry, Geneva NY
Adult & Children Orthodontics
Finger Lakes Dental Care offers clear/white and traditional metal braces for both adult and children. Call for a free orthodontic consultation with the doctor. Financing available.

Orthodontic treatment corrects teeth and jaw alignment problems and involves the design and use of appliances such as braces, retainers, aligners, rubber bands, and headgears. If you have crowded or overlapping teeth, it makes them harder to clean, which increases your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss. With orthodontic treatment, you can improve the health of your teeth and start to smile with confidence!

Early intervention and treatment is preferred, since the process is usually quicker and easier. Treatment can begin as early as six or seven, which is when some habits that are formed as a baby can begin to cause unwanted tooth movement. Orthodontic treatment is also available for adults, who can be treated with both fixed and removable appliances.
Teeth Problems That Can Be Caused By A Bad Bite
Crooked, crowded and overlapping teeth can cause a wide range of problems, including:
  • Tooth decay and gum disease - teeth that are not in proper alignment are hard to clean, particularly if they overlap. A build-up of plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease. 
  • Wear and tear - the teeth of the upper and lower jaw are meant to come together in a specific way, with the upper teeth slightly protruding over the lower teeth. If they are misaligned, the action of chewing may grind the teeth unevenly.
  • Jaw injury - the jaw joint is called the temporo-mandibular joint, which is also known as the TMJ. A bad bite may place stress and strain on this joint; this can cause localized problems such as pain, headaches as well as clicking or grinding noises when the jaw opens and closes.
  • Speech impediments - many sounds are made with the tongue against or near the teeth. Misaligned teeth or jaws can interfere with speech.
  • Self-confidence - a person may be reluctant to smile due to misaligned teeth.
How We Diagnose Orthodontic Problems
Problems with teeth and jaw alignment are identified using a number of tests, including:
  • Dental X-rays both inside and outside the mouth
  • Photographs both inside and outside the mouth
  • Duplicating your bite in stone casts using impression materials
Initial Planning
Once the problems are diagnosed, we create a step-by-step corrective plan. Any existing dental findings or cosmetic dentistry procedures will likely need to be addressed before orthodontic treatment can begin. For instance, any decay must be treated and a dental cleaning must be performed. Also, teeth that are causing crowding may need to be removed before orthodontic treatment can be started.
Types of Treatment Options
The range of corrective orthodontic devices includes: 
  • Braces - Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. Brackets are cemented to each tooth that needs to be moved with special dental glue and are typically made of a clear ceramic material or stainless steel. These brackets act like a handle on the tooth so that it can be moved into its correct position when force is applied to the brackets. Visits to our office every few weeks are needed to adjust the forces on the teeth as the teeth are slowly moved into a desired position.
  • Elastics or rubber bands are sometimes used in orthodontic treatment. Elastics are helpful in aligning the upper and lower jaws. When help is needed to move teeth, elastics may be stretched from these teeth and attached to a bracket on either the upper or lower teeth. It's important to wear the elastics as instructed or orthodontic treatment will take longer.
Risks of Orthodontic Treatment
Some of the risks of orthodontics include: 
  • Dental hygiene problems - braces and wires make cleaning the teeth more difficult. This can cause decay, discoloration and permanent marks.
  • Mouthguards - It is strongly recommended that you obtain a special mouthguard if you play sports involving contact with another player.
  • Relapse - teeth have fibers attached to the roots and those fibers have memory, which can caused properly aligned teeth to rotate out of alignment once the force on the teeth are removed. When wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, appear, this can also caused properly aligned teeth to relapse. It is important that you wear your retainers for the prescribed time after fixed treatment has ended.
  • Soft tissue injury - the braces may dig into the gums or cheeks.
Cosmetic Dentistry, Canandaigua NY
Clear Aligner Orthodontics
Looking for an alternative to braces? Clear aligner braces is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort-every reason to smile.

With clear aligners, we can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually have straight teeth.

We will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once we establish Clear Aligners as the right treatment option for you, we will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that a lab will use in manufacturing your custom aligners.
    Your Custom Treatment Plan
    We will send your records, such as your impressions, photos, and x-rays, to a lab with a prescription for your custom aligners. The lab uses your records to create exact 3D models of your teeth. Then, working with us every step of the way, following the precise instructions provided on your prescription, the lab maps out a complete treatment plan of gradual adjustment that takes your teeth from where they are currently to where we want them to be. Once completed, we will be able to preview the projected results of your treatment in your "treatment set-up," a computer representation of your teeth before and after treatment.
      Your Aligners are Computer-Crafted
      When everyone is satisfied with the projected results shown in your treatment set-up, the manufacturing process begins. Using the latest digital mapping and molding technology, the lab creates your custom aligners with computer precision. The lab then sends your aligners to us for delivery to you.
        Progress Wearing Your Aligners
        You'll wear your aligners all the time, except while eating and drinking or during daily tooth care such as brushing and flossing. Your aligners are so clear they are barely noticeable so they won't have an impact on your day to day life. Aligner by aligner, you'll be able to see the difference as your teeth slowly adjust and align to your target smile. You'll visit us periodically for checkups to see how you're progressing until you eventually have the straight smile you've always wanted.
          The Choice Is Clear!
          With the results and convenience Clear aligners offers and the advantages it has over other treatment options, it's an easy decision. With Clear aligners you can get the obvious benefits and confidence you'll enjoy with straight teeth so you too can show off your smile.
            Cosmetic Dentistry Victor, NY
            Six Month Smiles® - What Is Six Month Smiles?
            Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits their lifestyles. Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative...
            • Average treatment times of only six months 
            • Six Month Smiles' clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible
            • Use of braces has been shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result
            • Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
            • Low forces and short overall treatment time increases safety and hygiene 
            • Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers 
            A natural, beautiful smile in just six months! Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed about your smile?

            Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile, or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

            A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Six Month Smiles® utilizes nearly invisible clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

            Have a child that is really bad at the dentist but needs braces? Call now for information about our sedation dentistry services.

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