SPEED Braces have revolutionized orthodontics by eliminating the need for the elastics that traditional braces require to straighten teeth. Instead, SPEED Braces use an energy-storing component called a ‘Spring Clip’ to straighten teeth. The SPEED Spring Clip works like a computer chip inside your braces. The Spring Clip is ‘programmed’ by your orthodontist when SPEED Braces are placed on your teeth. The Spring Clip, made of a ‘Super-Elastic’ space age material, then follows the programmed instructions by applying a light continuous force to gently move teeth to their correct position. Only SPEED Braces contain a ‘Super-Elastic’ Spring Clip. The result is greater comfort, and potentially fewer appointments and more ‘SPEEDy’ treatment. SPEED Braces are small; typically 1/3 smaller than traditional braces, and they look great! SPEED’s small footprint results in less food trapping, so good oral hygiene is easier to maintain throughout your treatment.
Never before has an orthodontic treatment been so effortless and convenient. The Invisalign system can help you achieve stunning results through your very own, customized treatment plan. The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners, created precisely to gently and gradually move your teeth into place. Using advanced 3-D Technology, we can predetermine your treatment plan, and show you the results you would achieve, even before you start your treatment.
- Some of the benefits of the Invisalign system include:
- Virtually Invisible – Only you will know you’re wearing braces.
- Completely Removable – Eat, drink, brush and floss, or take them out for special occasions.
- Faster Treatment Time – No fixed metal brackets or wires to adjust means you’ll spend less time visiting the doctor. You will receive a new set of aligners every other week during your Invisalign treatment. A trip to our office will occur every 6 weeks on average to ensure that your treatment is going according to plan.
The Itero scanner can eliminate the need for impressions. A scan takes approximately 5 minutes and can be sent directly to Invisalign to immediately start the process for clear aligners. We can show you your scan instantly. Many patients are thrilled to learn there are no goopy impressions required to start their treatment. This technology has made the orthodontic experience more enjoyable for children and adults.
Dr. Bourke will monitor your child for developing bite and alignment issues. Occasionally young children require early orthodontic treatment to eliminate a damaging bite, create space for teeth to grow and avoid future dental or orthodontic problems. Treatment may involve an expander, a retainer and sometimes some braces. The treatment is kept as short as possible. If Dr. Bourke feels your child could benefit from early orthodontic treatment, she will review the situation with you and discuss all your child’s options.
Children ages 11-13 are often ready for full orthodontic treatment. We will devise a comprehensive orthodontic plan that will address the patients teeth, bite and jaw alignment while creating the best possible smile esthetics. Often bite correction requires both braces and appliances that work with the patients growth to create the most ideal results. If several options are available we will discuss these with you and your child so you can choose a plan that fits best for your everyone.
We have several options for patients looking for “invisible” braces or aligners. We offer invisalign which is a discrete way to align your teeth. We also offer invisalign Teen, which are aligners designed to fit teens that have not completed their dental development. We offer clear braces that are less visible on the teeth than conventional braces. We will work with you to find an orthodontic plan with aligners, appliances or braces that you will be comfortable wearing.