Braces Don’t Just Change Teeth. They Change Lives.
Dr. Harrison and the team at SOS specialize in individualized care to match you up with the best braces for you. We admit, we're a bit partial to three of the best systems in orthodontics and use these most often. See quick overviews of each of these systems below. At SOS, we see kids, teens, and adults. It's never too late to get the smile you've always wanted. Our website provides more info regarding specific age groups. Got more questions? You can always give us a call, too.
Children | The Beginning of Great Teeth
Children should be seen by an Orthodontist by age 7. For many, no treatment is necessary. For some, a timely screening will lead to significant treatment benefits; for most, the principal immediate benefit is a parent’s peace of mind. For those patients who have clear indications for early treatment, this treatment presents the opportunity to:
- Influence jaw growth in a positive manner.
- Correct skeletal jaw width discrepancies or cross bites.
- Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth.
- Reduce risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors.
- Correct harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
- Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
- Improve some speech problems.
Teens | Prime Time
The best time to treat most patients with Damon Braces or Invisalign is between the ages of 11 and 15 because by age 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted into place. Because adolescents are growing at a rapid rate and their bones are more pliable, the optimal time to treat their crooked teeth, gaps, bad bites and skeletal problems is during the teen years. An additional benefit is it allows the orthodontist to complete treatment in many cases before the high school years when social pressures can be more apparent.
Adults | No Time Like the Present
It is never too late to enhance your smile
In an age where more and more adults are concerned about facial appearance and seeking more esthetic treatments than ever before, it makes sense that more social conscious adults are also seeking orthodontic treatment to enhance their smiles.
When it comes to first impressions, the first thing most people notice in a person’s smile is the condition of their teeth, which in most cases can be improved through proper dental care and alignment by a qualified orthodontist.
Because adults many times do not want traditional metal braces, we offer Damon Clear® Braces and Invisalign® clear aligners as alternatives to traditional metal braces. Both are extremely esthetic and can be used in conjunction with Propel® to decrease treatment time up to 50%. Orthodontic treatment is not only improves the appearance of your smile, but also the health of your teeth and gums as well. By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult you can possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel, and TMJ/TMD pain.
The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it's a whole new way of treating patients. Traditional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile. Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient. Feel free to visit Damon's website here.
Damon® Clear Option
SHOW YOUR BEST SMILE DURING AND AFTER YOUR TREATMENT. NO NEED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A GREAT RESULT AND VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE TREATMENT. DAMON CLEAR DOES BOTH ! Watch the video to the right, or Feel free to visit Damon's website for more info.
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. Learn more on Invisalign's website.
SHORTER TREATMENT TIME
See what everyone at SOS is smiling about
Dr. Harrison and our team as SOS are excited to offer a fabulous way to speed up your orthodontic treatment: It's called the Propel® System. Why should you be excited about this new product, too? Propel works for Spacing, Crowding, and Malalligned Teeth. In orthodontic practices throughout the USA, Propel has been successful in significantly shortening treatment time. Backed by major university research and clinical data, Propel® is effective with any type of orthodontic procedure. While every patient and treatment plan is different, treatment time can typically be reduced by 50% or more.
HOW DOES PROPEL WORK?
Propel uses your body’s own natural physiologic system to stimulate bone to respond faster when orthodontic force is applied to teeth. The result is significantly reduced treatment time. Dr. Harrison will perform the Propel treatment to your teeth when you come in for your regular appointments.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
While every patient and treatment plan is different, treatment time can typically be reduced by 50% or more.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
You will decrease your treatment time by half with no recovery time, and treatment only takes 3 minutes.
If you are interested in learning more about Propel, simply call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation, and we will answer all of your questions. Visit Propel's website.
Other Options | We Individualize for You
In addition to the choice of either Damon Braces, Damon Clear Braces or Invisalign, we customize your treatment depending on the problems you may have. We may discuss with you one or more of the additional treatments listed below that could possibly be needed in conjunction with your braces.
PROPEL SYSTEM: GET YOUR BRACES OFF FASTER !
See what everyone is smiling about. PROPEL stimulates bone remodeling, allowing the teeth to move faster and more predictably into their proper positions. Ask Dr. Harrison how Propel can work for you.
TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICES (TAD)
Small mini implants used as anchors to help move teeth. Until recently when TADs were introduced, orthodontist did not have a way to move teeth other than to pull off of other teeth, use an external device like a headgear or jaw surgery to correct skeletal discrepancies, midlines or asymmetries. TADs are used to improve the overall treatment result and reduce the unwanted movement of anchor teeth or jaw surgery.
HERBST - style Appliances
Eliminate the old-fashioned headgear! One of the most common problems orthodontists treat is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower. With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth, and appliances like the Herbst can help this happen without using a headgear. Because it is cemented into place during treatment, compliance is rarely an issue, allowing the orthodontist to accurately estimate the overall treatment time and eliminate some of the hassle and embarrassment associated with headgear.
In some patients, the upper jaw bone (the maxilla) is narrower than the lower jaw bone (the mandible). To correct this problem a palatal expander is used to widen the upper jaw bone and allow a normal relationship between upper and lower teeth. The expander may often reduce the likelihood for having to remove permanent teeth because of crowding.
Corrective jaw surgery treats and corrects the more severe abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping, breathing and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Because your teeth move throughout your life, your final orthodontic result depends on your wearing retainers to keep the teeth in place. Dr. Harrison will discuss retainer options with you based on your crowding, spacing, overbite, etc. Your follow-through with the hard work you’ve put in so far will ensure that your teeth will look and function like they did when your braces were removed. Dr. Harrison likes to tell his patients that the adults who come to him still wearing their retainers at night are the ones who still have straight teeth. The adults who stopped wearing their retainers are the ones who come back to get braces again. The choice yours!
Braces are a big investment, in you or your child’s health, long-term appearance and confidence. Before making decisions tied to treatment plans and next steps, it’s important to educate yourself about braces and their expected outcome as it relates to your unique needs. Use this list of frequently asked questions to familiarize yourself with braces, then get in touch schedule a consultation to learn more about the process and how targeted treatment can change your mouth — and your life.