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. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position determined by your orthodontist. Each aligner is worn for about seven days and is only taken out to eat, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will move gradually, week by week, until the final alignment is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!
The most recognizable symbol of orthodontics, braces are still the most widely used orthodontic treatment modality. Braces are still a workhorse in modern orthodontics. At Surf City Orthodontics, we use the latest braces and wire technology to gently move your teeth together making sure your smile and facial aesthetics are in true harmony.
Custom braces are just what they sound like, they are custom-made and 3D-printed for each individual. Similar to how custom aligners are made, the custom braces are engineered for each individual tooth of the patient. When these custom braces are combined with custom wires, they lead to a more efficient and predictable treatment result. The process starts with a digital scan of your teeth. After the scan, we receive a 3D digital representation of your smile to ensure a stunning final result. Once we approve your smile architecture, the braces are reverse-engineered to achieve that final result.
While early treatment is not needed for every child, some children can get a head start on a stunning smile by correcting developmental issues early. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends getting a checkup at age 7.
Once we remove your braces, we will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.