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BracesFor most people, a beautiful, healthy smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident. Your dentist may have also discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain, and other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints.

 

Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile that you've always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure that your orthodontic care is as comfortable, convenient, and rewarding as possible. We'll use the latest technology, offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options, giving you the customized, individual care that you deserve.

Treatment for Children and Teens

 

Treatment for Children and TeensBoth the Canadian Association of Orthodontics (CAO) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

 

While this may seem a young age to be thinking about braces, occasionally children have problems that can benefit from early detection by an orthodontist. Usually by age 7, the first permanent molars and permanent incisors have come in, allowing problems with crowding, habits, crossbites and other malocclusions to be evaluated.

 

Although treatment is unusual at this age, for some problems early correction may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.  Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.

 

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will rarely ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

 

Regardless the type of problem, for each patient who needs treatment there is an ideal time for it to begin in order to achieve the best results.  Dr. Pliska has the expertise to determine when the treatment time is right.  His goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

Treatment for Adults

 

Treatment for adultOrthodontic treatment can be successful at any age; tooth movement is not age dependent. Often times our adult orthodontic patients will require collaboration with other areas in dentistry given the fact that they are not growing, and that they may have experienced breakdown of their teeth or supporting structures over time as a result of bite problems that have not been treated. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Most of our adult patients simply wish that they had not waited to get started. A beautiful, healthy smile is there to be had for the young at heart.

Our Professionals

Dr. Fernanda Almeida

Dr. Fernanda Almeida

Dental Sleep Medicine

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Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Certified Specialist in Orthodontics

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