Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic – beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. The diagnosis is made based on photographs, X-rays and dental impressions and the examination by the orthodontist to make an informed decision about the necessary treatment.
Typically, treatment last from six to thirty months, depending on the age and the severity of the problem. Outstanding results are dependent on maximizing the coordination of care between you and your orthodontist. Because orthodontic treatment takes place over time, it is important to develop a working relationship between the patients and the practice. Dr. Coccaro is particularly aware of the complexities of scheduling and the office staff works hard to provide convenient arrangements for our patients.
The treatment of orthodontic issues varies with each patient. It is critical that treatment begins with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis. The orthodontic specialist has been trained in the use of all current appliances and therapies and can judge which treatment or combination of treatments will bring the desired result.
The health of your gums and bone, which support your teeth, is the only factor. Adult orthodontics is becoming more and more popular for several reasons. Treatment can be designed to accommodate the professional as well as social concerns of the adult patient. Clear braces and Invisalign treatment allow for almost invisible treatment, and appointments can be organized around any schedule. Patients with a heavy travel schedule can be accommodated at well. Dr. Coccaro has treated on-camera TV personalities and the braces have gone undetected.
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. Miniature braces and state-of-the-art orthodontic materials reduce both the discomfort and treatment time.
Missing teeth cause adjacent teeth to drift in the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and provide proper alignment of the teeth so that the dentist can replace the missing teeth. The result is improvement in the health of the teeth as well as appearance. Properly aligned teeth provide a beautiful smile and a more youthful appearance.