At Harris Orthodontics, we offer many treatment options ranging from traditional appliances to the newest state of the art treatments.
Metal braces are the most common. They are made of high grade stainless steel. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position. Today's braces are much smaller, more comfortable, and generally less noticeable than in the past. Therefore they are much more attractive.
You can “dress up” your braces to fit your own personality. Most of the patients like to use different color elastics that can be changed at each appointment. Also, your brackets (the part of the braces that hold the wire) can be metal or clear, depending on the your preference. In some cases, brackets may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces).
Clear ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way as metal braces do. Like metal braces, they are extremely comfortable to wear and very efficient at moving teeth.
Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. How does it work? The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
We can help give you the smile you've always wanted by making high-quality orthodontic treatment more affordable. Harris Orthodontics offers a variety of payment options to meet your needs.
The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of your problem and the treatment approach selected. You can read more about the different treatment options we provide. You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options before any treatment begins.
We offer flexible in-house financing with low initial payments and easy monthly payments that fit almost anyone's budget.
In addition, we offer third party payment plans. Capital One healthcare finance is a third party finance company requiring no down payment with easy to manage monthly payments. It’s easy to qualify and there are a variety of payment plans ranging from 18 – 60 months. There are no fees to apply and no prepayment penalties.
Call Capital One healthcare finance’s toll-free number for fast, confidential service at 1-877-559-5050 or apply online at www.capitalonehealthcarefinance.com.
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Most patients accidentally loosen a bracket, a band, a wire or lose a separator. Don’t’ worry, it’s normal! If this happens, call us immediately to see when you can come in and have it taken care of. If it is a night or weekend, we have someone on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In some cases, we will advise you what to do until you can come into the office during normal business hours. In most cases cutting a wire with fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol will do the trick until we can see you. Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser.
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances, such as braces, to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and to achieve facial balance.
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness, and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!
Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics because healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. Because monitoring growth and development is crucial to managing some orthodontic problems well, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.
An orthodontic evaluation at any age is advisable if a parent, family dentist or the patient’s physician has noted a problem.
Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache. The orthodontist will advise patients or their parents what, if any, pain relievers to take. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.
Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will require extra trips to the orthodontist’s office.
Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.
The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to make room in your child's mouth for your child's permanent teeth. Your orthodontist may expand your child's palate, and try to start to correct overbites and underbites. As noted above orthodontic problems arise because human teeth do not grow at the same rate as human mouths. Your children's mouth will be growing a lot between ages 8 and 12. It is important to make sure that there is room for your children's permanent teeth.
If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail, or request an appointment online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.
Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will familiarize you with our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and x-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam.
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.
Successful orthodontic treatment is a "two-way street" that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient. To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescibed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled. Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment.
If your braces are causing extreme pain, or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.
The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of your problem and the treatment approach selected.
We accept the assignment of most insurance. For specific information please contact our main office at 214-528-6116.
Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard.