Ladd Orthodontics offers the latest orthodontic treatments including Invisalign, a completely clear invisible brace. One of the many benefits of Invisalign is that people won’t even know you are having treatment! Invisalign can be used to treat a vast number of problems in adults and children. Book an appointment with our Invisalign specialists today.
The practise of orthodontics has been around for a very long time. The Greek philosophers Hippocrates and Aristotle were thinking about ways to straighten teeth back in 400BC. Mummies have even been discovered with catgut and metal bands on their teeth: all in all, the human race has been trying to straighten its teeth for centuries!
Fortunately the advances in orthodontics that have taken place in recent years means that people can now wear a variety of different braces. These range from invisible to tooth coloured or even behind the teeth, also known as lingual appliances.
One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. Made of a biocompatible titanium alloy, TADs are miniscrew anchors that are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move. Before TADs, orthodontists who wanted to move some teeth while keeping others still, or to achieve orthodontic movement in a mouth with missing teeth, had to rely on headgear for their fixed point. But TADs now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discrete, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.
Temporary anchorage devices may not be recommended for everyone, and in fact, anchorage devices at all may not be needed in all cases. Contact us if you’d like to know more about TADs and how they can potentially prevent you from needing orthodontic headgear.
Clearly Different Orthodontic Technology:
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners - as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually - week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!
If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign Homepage.
Invisalign is not intended for children, and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us at (765) 453-2300 to make an appointment.
How Digital X-rays Work:
We use the latest X-ray technology, known as digital radiography, which uses an electronic sensor to capture and store digital images of your teeth. The images can be enlarged and viewed many times to ensure proper treatment of your mouth’s unique needs.
The process of taking digital radiography is quicker and more comfortable than the process of taking X-ray film. It also reduces radiation exposure by a significant amount. Because the digital images can be viewed instantly, we will be able to detect and diagnose any abnormalities and problems at a faster and more efficient rate.
What are Digital X-rays Used For:
X-rays are used to investigate problems with the jaws and teeth which can not be physically seen just by looking in the mouth. X-rays are taken at consultations when necessary so that the orthodontist can create the best treatment plan for each patient. To find out what treatment plan would be best for you contact us today for a consultation in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield or Ealing.
The orthodontic consultation process usually involves radiographic investigation of the jaws and teeth. These x-rays help the orthodontist to discover any problems that cannot be seen by physically looking into your mouth or at your face.It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Knowing the condition of your oral cavity can help avoid more damage from something you didn’t get checked. It’s not hard to imagine the problems hidden in our mouths that are a result of simply not thinking about them.
Thanks to digital radiography, our well-trained team is able to detect many concealed problems you may be unaware of. These could include bone loss, decay between your teeth, poor tooth and root positions as well as any underlining problems inside a tooth or below the gumline. Using this information, we can give you an accurate, updated assessment and treatment plan.
It’s natural for people to be wary of radiation. However, it’s good to remember that we are all exposed to some natural radiation in our environment. Digital X-rays are shown to produce significantly lower levels of radiation in comparison to conventional X-rays. LADD Orthodontics always puts the safety of our clients first and foremost.
Digital X-rays are the best option because they provide a safer, more comfortable option that also reduces your time in the office. Because this is a digital image, it also eliminates the harmful waste and chemicals released while developing X-rays. We work hard to keep everyone safe and well informed.