Orthodontics is the treatment and correction of bite issues. Misalignment of the teeth not only affects the appearance of your smile, but can also impact eating, speaking and comfort.
Dr. Chélise Kasun can use orthodontics to treat issues including:
- Overbite or under bite
- Cross bite
- Crowded teeth/malalignment
- Gaps between teeth
Orthodontic Options for Children and Teens
For children and teens, the most common orthodontic treatment is braces. Braces consist of two primary components: brackets and wires. The brackets are bonded to the front surface of the teeth and are connected with arch wire that Dr. Kasun will gradually tighten during the course of treatment. Braces move teeth into their correct occlusion through tension applied to the brackets by the wires. In younger mouths, treatment can often be completed in one to two years. Braces can sometimes be avoided with early intervention through the use of oral appliances to guide natural growth and development of oral structures. Dr. Kasun caters each treatment to meet the specific needs of the patient and can better determine how long your child’s treatment will take during your consultation.
Orthodontic Options for Adults
While many people undergo orthodontic treatment at a young age, an estimated 30 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Adult orthodontics can take anywhere from 12 to 36 months to complete correction of teeth. In some cases, an accelerated treatment may be possible for very small adjustments.
Dr. Kasun offers Invisalign® to our adult and older teen patients who are good candidates for the treatment. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently move your teeth into their optimal position, often in as few as 12 months. Dr. Kasun can discuss this in more detail and answer any Invisalign questions you may have during your initial consultation.
Dr. Kasun personalizes orthodontic treatment to achieve your most healthy, functional bite. If you require orthodontic treatment, she will work closely with you to find the most effective solution for your smile.