Braces and Advanced Indirect Bonding
At Wardlaw Orthodontics, we are constantly striving to provide orthodontic care that is efficient, effective and comfortable. One of our systems that sets us apart from other orthodontic practices is our use of the “Indirect Bonding” method of applying braces to the teeth. This method, used by only 20% of orthodontists in the country, allows us to attain a beautiful orthodontic result in less time and with fewer visits necessary.
Much of the work placing your braces is done on a model of your teeth before your placement appointment. Dr. Wardlaw measures and marks where the braces are to be placed on the model. The braces are then precisely placed and a clear tray is fabricated to transfer them to your teeth at the placement appointment. This system is more accurate than traditional placement, plus it makes the process easier and more comfortable for you!
We offer traditional metal braces as well as ceramic braces, and we always choose smaller, more comfortable, and less invasive brackets to make your braces experience as smooth as possible.
“Clearly Different” Clarity™ Braces
We are proud to offer Clarity™ braces! These brackets are small, smooth, and rounded, enhancing patient comfort. They are made of ceramic, and translucent in appearance, making them less noticeable as well. Braces no longer have to stand out in order to deliver a beautiful result!
Invisalign™ clear aligners are a great treatment option for many individuals. They offer a very discreet alternative to traditional braces, avoiding many of the food limitations and hygiene difficulties of traditional treatment, since Invisalign™ aligners are removable. However, patient compliance becomes more important when the treatment method is easily removed, and Invisalign™ only works for patients that will be responsible and wear their aligners as directed.
Invisalign™ treatment consists of anywhere from 12 to 48 aligners, usually worn for one week at a time. As you move from one aligner to the next as dictated by Dr. Wardlaw, your teeth will gradually shift to their optimal position.
We Welcome Patients of All Ages
Wardlaw Orthodontics treats patients of all ages. We offer braces and other orthodontic treatments to adults and children alike, and will always tailor the treatment plan to the individual! For example, many adult patients choose more discreet treatment options, like Invisalign™ or Clarity™ Advanced brackets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have a dental referral?
A referral is not required! Many of our patients are referred by their general dentists, but we are more than happy to schedule a consult for you without receiving a referral.
Do I still need to see my family dentist?
Yes! Please continue to visit your general dentist for cleanings and check ups every 6 months. Think of us as an addition to your dental care team, not a replacement for your dentist!
When should my child get their first consult?
We follow the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists and suggest that children come see us by age 7. At that point, we can determine if early treatment is needed.
Will treatment hurt?
We make your experience with braces or other orthodontic appliances as comfortable as possible, but you may experience some soreness as your teeth move! Medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort, and you will adjust quickly. Most patients experience minimal discomfort.
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific needs. In general, treatment times range from 8 months to 30 months, and “average” treatment is about 18 – 24 months. You may have one or two “phases” of treatment with breaks in between. We’ll go over the specifics of your treatment plan after your consultation.
Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables us to provide patients with professional, personalized treatment plans. Orthodontic treatment can affect permanent change to your mouth and facial features, so it’s very important to choose an experienced professional.