Orthodontic Treatments Destin, Niceville
Stubbs Orthodontics is proud to offer premium orthodontic care for kids, teens, and adults throughout the Niceville & Destin communities, as well as Florida’s Emerald Coast. Our offices frequently treat some common orthodontic problems using the latest available technologies and treatment options. Dr. Casi Stubbs is very passionate about her profession and dedicated to providing the best orthodontic care to each of her patients, new and old. She works diligently with her orthodontic team to give every patient a healthy, beautiful smile in an exceptionally comfortable environment.
Below is some brief information on the various orthodontic appliances available for treatment. You must feel free to contact us if you have questions on any particular treatment. Remember that only after an assessment, can we decide which option is best for you; schedule an appointment so you can get started on your treatment.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment, and likely the most recognizable. This treatment consists of small metal brackets that are strategically placed on your teeth and connected by metal arch wires that will shift your teeth to their ideal positions, over a period, thus creating a beautiful smile. Advancements in orthodontic technology mean traditional metal braces have evolved a long way from their bulky past. Today, the metal brackets are smaller, have smooth edges, and the arch wires are thinner, enhancing comfort and aesthetic appearance. For this reason, they are still the most popular treatment. Traditional braces generally offer the most economical and effective means of orthodontic treatment
Clear & Ceramic Braces
Clear braces work in the same manner as traditional metal braces but offer an aesthetic advantage for some. The main difference between the two treatments is in the brackets themselves. Brackets for Clear braces are made from a translucent material that helps camouflage them, blending with the natural color of your teeth. For anyone who wishes to keep a natural, professional appearance, clear braces may be the perfect solution!
Self-Ligating brackets eliminate the need for the rubber bands that holds the archwire in place, making it easier to keep clean and improving efficiency. The clips on the brackets serve as a door that makes it easier to remove and put the archwire in place. This very innovative “door” also allows the archwire to slide back and forth into the bracket, making them more comfortable and versatile. Treatment time is significantly shorter than that of other braces, and may result in fewer visits to the office for an adjustment. This groundbreaking system can help you achieve your perfect smile in no time at all.
Invisalign & Invisalign Teen
With Invisalign treatment, you do not need to worry about metal or clear brackets to help you get your dream smile. Instead, Invisalign consists of a series of clear aligners, designed to address your specific needs. This treatment is very popular with adults and works well for children and teens that play sports. Each clear aligner moves your teeth closer to their ideal position. The treatment time for Invisalign is often shorter than that of metal braces. Aligners need to be worn for two weeks, and then it they are replaced with a new one to continue your progress. Before you know it, you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted! The best part is that no one will ever know that you are receiving orthodontic treatment unless you tell them!
Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices or TADS are known my many names, mini-screws, mini-implants, and micro-implants. They are about the size of a small wood screw and they look like an earring resting on the gums when they are in place. They are made out of biologically inert materials that will not corrode in the mouth or be rejected by the body. TADS are designed to hold fast in bone and serve as an anchoring device to assist in complex orthodontic movements, such as pushing pulling or lifting teeth to their desired position.
The Maintenance of a TAD is as simple as keeping the tissue around the TAD clean and healthy. There are very few complications with this device and the removal of the TAD is often easier than the placement, leaving little to no evidence it was ever there.