We do orthodontics in our office on children and adults using both removable and fixed appliances. Dr. Atkinson does orthodontics in the interceptive, comprehensive, and limited modes. We also offer the new Invisalign technique.
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates Dr. Atkinson’s, instructions into this series of aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks. The aligners must be worn full time, day and night. (www.invisalign.com)
Interceptive orthodontics is an extremely cost-effective concept for growing children. The idea is to shape the individual’s growth so that poorly aligned teeth are straightened early so that other permanent teeth will be more likely to come in at their proper locations. A guiding retainer is worn at night to encourage the unerupted teeth to come in straight. Crossbites, large overbites and large jaw discrepancies are also more easily corrected in growing children in the age 7-11 range.
Comprehensive orthodontics involves aligning the permanent teeth in a child, adolescent or an adult. Removable and/or fixed appliances (braces) are used to put the teeth in their ideal functional and cosmetic positions. Sometimes multiple problems can be solved at the same time with comprehensive orthodontics. This type of orthodontics is done on people from 11 to 100 years old!