Orthodontists In Clinton Township, MI
We specialize in orthodontics. Braces are used to assist in aligning and straitening teeth in order to not only improve appearance, but improve a person’s bite. Having braces isn’t just about improving your smile, but it’s also about improving your overall dental health. Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusion, overbite, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and other flaws of the teeth and jaws. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
Dental technology has improved over the years to include new options to help correct the above issues, and there are a number of techniques and products available that were not available just a few short years ago. The patient experience has improved and today’s options are less conspicuous than the full braces that were common in the past.
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular types of braces as they produce high quality results. Clear Ceramic braces are popular with adults and teenagers who want the results of braces without the look of metal. Your visit will begin with a consultation with the doctor to go over the best alternatives for your orthodontic care. The doctor will address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will provide a plan for orthodontic therapy.
Metal braces made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces and are very effective.
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results. Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Palatal Expander Device (PED)
Both removeable and fixed PEDs can be used to address crowding and other issues by expanding the upper jaw to make more room to accommodate tooth and/or jaw alignment. Our goal is always to help our patients maintain their oral health and to care for and protect their natural teeth. Maintaining oral health includes good home care and regular visits to our office for preventive care, which includes oral examinations and cleanings. Even with excellent care, however, teeth and gums can be susceptible to disease, infection, cavities, cracks, or other forms of damage. Comprehensive examinations of the mouth, teeth, surrounding gum tissues, and supporting bone structures help with early detection and treatment of problematic conditions. Restorative dentistry is the aspect of dentistry that helps maintain oral and overall health even when the health of one or more teeth or the surrounding areas is compromised. Restorative dentistry helps preserve natural teeth. The goal of restorative dentistry is to restore the function and integrity of the tooth structure, function, and health, while maintaining a natural appearance. Our office also specializes in cosmetic dentistry. This means that we not only pay attention to the health and function of your teeth, but we also pay close attention to aesthetics. We want you to maintain great oral health but we also want you to have a beautiful smile and the confidence to smile often!
We believe the best way to a brilliant, straight smile is to listen carefully to each patient and respond to their needs with customized care, compassion and support. It all begins by developing a healthy relationship, and together we take the time to discuss all your treatment options.
Why choose an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is the smartest, straightest way to a healthy and genuine smile. While both orthodontists and general dentists are doctors of dentistry, only a licenced orthodontist has been specifically educated and trained to correct alignment problems through an additional two years of post-dental school studies. As specialists in straightening teeth, your orthodontist has the professional background and in-practice experience to correct issues such as poor dental alignment, protruding teeth and difficulty biting, and treating jaw joint problems such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). An orthodontist is also your best resource for the range of treatment options and procedures available to correct teeth alignment issues.
Many people in the Clinton Township Michigan area turn to our orthodontist services for a straighter smile. Our orthodontist has years of experience using braces to help children and adults achieve straight teeth. And we can do the same for you.
At Dr Simony, we offer all of the latest options.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist specializes in fixing problems that happen when your teeth are out of alignment. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, which lowers your risk for cavities and gum disease. They also help your jaw work efficiently so you can avoid joint and muscle problems. Our orthodontist treats problems such as:
- Overbites: When you have an overbite, your front upper teeth cover your lower teeth when you bite down.
- Underbites: If you have an underbite, your lower teeth cover your front upper teeth when you bite down.
- Overcrowding: This condition happens when there are too many teeth in the same area of the jaw.
- Tooth spacing problems: You may have a gap between two teeth that are next to each other. This problem can occur if you lose a tooth and do not replace it with an artificial one — the remaining teeth on either side may tilt towards the open space.
Orthodontist services at Dr Simony: Why choose us?
At Dr Simony, our highly skilled orthodontist cares for you. You also have access to all the latest options for braces, including those that blend with your natural tooth color. Other highlights of our program include:
- Timely care for children: We start seeing children from a young age to check for problems that may get worse with time, such as overcrowding. We stay in touch through regular follow-up appointments so we can recommend braces at the most appropriate time. Our approach helps your child receive braces precisely when they are most helpful.
- Cosmetic dentistry services: If you also want to change the size, shape, and color of your teeth, we tailor our services to meet your unique needs. One way is by combining your orthodontic care with other cosmetic dentistry services. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry.
- Effective care: Orthodontics may be a part of your care for other dental issues. If you lose teeth due to gum disease or cavities, your remaining teeth may shift out of place. Straightening them with braces before receiving other treatments, such as dental implants, helps you achieve the best possible results. Read more about our dental medicine services.
Other problems we treat with braces
Getting straight teeth may also help you or your child find relief from problems such as:
- Difficulty chewing
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Gum disease
- Jaw pain from temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
- Sleep apnea, which causes you to stop breathing while you are sleeping
- Tooth decay
- Types of braces we offer
If you or your child needs braces, we offer many options, including:
- Metal braces: We attach metal brackets to each tooth and connect them with a wire. During follow-up visits, we make small adjustments to the wires to guide teeth into the right spots.
- Ceramic brackets: We use brackets made of a white material that blends with your natural tooth color.
- Clear Aligners: This option uses a clear device that fits over your teeth. We replace the device every few weeks with one that is slightly different. The small changes in the device help guide teeth to the right position.
Orthodontic services and your insuranceInsurance sometimes covers a portion of the cost of orthodontic services — especially in patients younger than 19. But often, people need to pay for these services out of pocket. We can help you weigh your options and understand the costs before starting treatment.
To have a smile that is good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. As a parent, you want the very best for your child’s health. Your child’s first exam and cleaning should be no later than three years of age. The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first Orthodontic evaluation should be no later than seven years of age. By then, your child’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems can be spotted with jaw growth and emerging teeth. While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of eight and 14 years of age, most orthodontic problems can be corrected if they are treated early. Dr. Simony (orthodontist) will advise you when the ideal time is to begin by evaluating your child at the exam.
When your child is ready, Dr. Simony will start with a procedure called an orthodontic records appointment. The records appointment consists of a cephalometric film, which is an X-ray that shows the head and jaw structure from a profile; a Panoramic X-ray, which is a full view of the entire mouth; and Diagnostic cast models, which are impressions that are taken of the teeth, and they are poured up into stone models. Last, but not least, the doctor will take oral facial photographic images of your child’s teeth and face. These records are the first step in diagnosing your child’s orthodontic treatment. Dr. Simony will analyze and do measurements on the X-rays and models to determine which treatment is best for your child, and how long treatment will be needed.
Signs Your Child’s Bite Is Not Right:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth.
- Breathing through the mouth.
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth.
- Jaws that are too far forward or back.
- Upper and lower teeth that don’t meet, or meet in an abnormal way.
- An unbalanced facial appearance.
Call (586) 263-9300 or request an appointment to learn more about Dr Simony dental services.