Dental braces are an orthodontic device that help correct a variety of dental issues, such as crooked teeth, cross bites, open bites, overbites, underbites and malocclusions. The four most common type of dental braces used are ceramic, metal, self-ligating, and Invisalign.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces primarily because, unlike braces, Invisalign is clear and can be removed for better oral hygiene. Invisalign involves replacing a custom-fit-aligner every week, which will cause your teeth to gradually straighten until they are in the correct position.
Teeth Whitening & Ortho
It can be difficult to perform teeth whitening for patients who have braces, but there are procedures available that are offered at our clinic. We are also happy to discuss different teeth whitening products and provide guidance on how to best use these products in conjunction with your orthodontics.
Habit therapy refers to therapeutic interventions and exercises that are designed to help patients identify bad
oral habits and learn how to break those habits and/or replace them with good habits. Habit therapy can be
especially effective in helping children stop sucking on their thumb. Our clinic can instruct you and your child
on several different exercises that help you and your child break bad habits and develop good ones.
Surgical orthodontics is a surgical procedure or procedures performed for patients with severe oral issues that cannot be treated with conventional methods, such as jaw bone abnormalities, incorrect position of teeth (malocclusion), or severely bad bites. Orthognathic surgery can have a significant impact on improving issuessuch as joint pain, periodontal issues, speech difficulties, facial dysfunction, and other related issues.
Palatal expansion is a treatment typically performed on children (although it can be effective for adults as well) and involves using a palatal expander to widen the maxillary (upper jaw) to improve the fitting of the top and lower teeth. Following the use of the palatal expander, patients will typically be fitted for braces to straighten their teeth. Palatal expansion will ideally be performed on patients before or during a growth spurt.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Airway and breathing obstructive sleep apnea can occur when a patient’s throat muscles relax and block their airway while they are sleeping, causing them to snore loudly or wake up gasping for air. Other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include drowsiness during the day, frequent headaches, nighttime sweating, highblood pressure, and more. There are a variety of different methods for treating sleep apnea, including lifestyle changes, CPAP machines, and/or orthodontically coordinated surgery.
Retainers are orthodontic appliances that are customized to fit your unique needs and prevent teeth from returning to their original positions following the removal of braces. Many people assume that following the removal of braces, their teeth will remain straight permanently. We now know that teeth can return to their original positions, which is why it is now considered best practice to wear a retainer for life time after your braces have been removed. Dr. Pan will be happy to provide you an overview of the different types of retainers available, each retainer types pros and cons, and which retainer type is best suited for you.
Over 18 million Americans are currently affected by sleep apnea, a condition that typically presents itself as snoring or waking up gasping for air. These issues are occurring due to the patient’s throat muscles relaxing to the point that they block the airway. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to follow up with your dentist, as there are many health risks associated with sleep apnea, such as behavioral problems in children and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke in adults.
Special Needs Dentistry
Special needs dentistry refers to a special approach to dentistry for patients who have been diagnosed with behavioral issues, Down syndrome, anxiety disorders, ADHD, palate issues, and cleft lip to name a few. Our staff is trained in treating patients who fit this category, with a focus on positive reinforcement and enhanced communications. We are committed to providing all our patients with a loving and safe environment so they can receive the care they need.
Tooth exposure refers to a procedure where a permanent tooth that has failed to erupt is exposed through a tiny incision that is made into your gum. Once the gum is exposed, the gum tissue is lifted and a bracket is placed. At your follow up appointment, a rubber band is attached to this bracket and the tooth is gently moved to the proper position. This is an important procedure to perform because failure to do so can impact a patient’s smile and alter the alignment of their teeth, which can change their bite.
TMJ & TMD
Patients suffering from TMD (temporomandibular disorders) have a dysfunction of their TMJ (temporomandibular joint), the joint that connects your lower jawbone and skull together. TMD can present several different ways, including difficulty opening your mouth all the way, soreness and pain, difficulty chewing, and/or swelling. There are a range of factors that can cause TMD, such as arthritis, stress, or bruxism. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to correct this issue, which we will be happy to discuss with you.