Teens

SMILE WITH CONFIDENCE

“My teeth look awesome! I was really happy with how quickly everything happened, my treatment was supposed to last 8 more months but Dr. Alpan was able to speed everything up.” – Brad W.

Once you’ve had your first visit with Dr. Alpan we can provide you with an estimate of how long you’ll need to be in treatment. In addition to new bracket technology, we are also proud to offer technologies such as Propel and AcceleDent that are proven to improve comfort and shorten treatment time.

Most teenagers wear braces; in fact, you probably have several friends at school wearing them, or have already worn them yourself. One thing you may not know is that new technology has made braces comfortable, better looking and more effective in a shorter period of time.

You probably have friends with braces who aren’t allowed to chew gum or eat certain foods like popcorn and whole apples. With Invisalign Teen, the aligners are completely removable, allowing you to eat all of your favorite foods whenever you want. This also means you can easily keep brushing and flossing as you normally would for proper oral hygiene. It is not as easy with braces.

Whether you play sports or a musical instrument, a mouth full of metal can hold you back from enjoying the things you want to. It’s hard to perform at your best knowing you could get hit in the mouth with a ball, or cut your lip trying to hit that note on the trumpet. Invisalign Teen helps you focus on doing what you do best—being a teen.

The days of having braces tightened are over. This revolutionary new approach to orthodontics ensures greater comfort throughout treatment. That’s because Insignia Damon System braces have a unique slide mechanism that allows your doctor to use far lighter forces to move teeth to their correct positions. So not only is your treatment shorter, it is also far more comfortable. So do braces hurt? Many people using Insignia Damon braces experience little to no discomfort in treatment!

When are my braces or treatment going to be completed?” I get this question multiple times each day. Eventually, I started to turn this question back around on my patients, asking them, “When will their treatment be finished?” They always look at me funny and say, “You’re the doctor. You tell me.” My typical response is, “In a few visits.”

We, as orthodontists, have a reputation of extending treatment due to our desire to create perfection. The problem we are dealing with is a wide variety of malocclusions, ethnicities, teeth sizes, bone biologies, and various levels of compliance. It is not an easy question to answer, and many times the answer is really an estimation based on our clinical experience. Unfortunately, none of us can predict treatment time with 100% accuracy, but we all are trying to incorporate as many technologies as possible to become more efficient. And now, accelerating the biology of tooth movement is one more modality to add to our armamentarium.