All our patients are special...
Types of Treatment
When it comes to dental health, no single approach is the right one for every patient. Whatever orthodontic work you may require, we will help you decide on the most appropriate strategy that fits your needs and lifestyle. Below are the key treatment options offered by Capital Region Braces.
- First Visit »
- Braces on the Outside »
- Braces on the Inside »
- Aligner Therapy »
- Sleep Apnea Therapy »
On your first visit, the doctor will perform an oral examination to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary. There is no charge for this visit. It should take approximately 15 minutes.
If treatment is indicated and you wish to proceed, diagnostic records will have to be taken so that a final treatment plan can be determined. This consists of:
- Photographs of your teeth and face
- Panoramic X-ray that gives an overall view of all your teeth and supporting structures
- Cephalometric X-ray to measure the position of your teeth as it relates to your jaw bones
- An impression of your teeth for study models to take exact measurements
The records will take approximately 60 minutes to complete and can usually be done at the first appointment; or they can be rescheduled at a more convenient time. There is a charge for the records.
Braces on the Outside
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance, and the kind that most people are familiar with. Made of high-grade stainless steel, such braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.
The good news is that they are more comfortable today than ever before!
Braces on the Inside
The modern alternative to conventional braces of metal or plastic, Incognito braces are invisible, convenient, and comfortable for patients.
This advanced generation of orthodontic appliance is hidden discreetly on the back of the teeth, not on the front (like conventional “train tracks” style metal braces). Yet Incognito braces deliver treatment results that are both predictable and effective.
Patients who choose this type of treatment can go about their daily routine without feeling self-conscious about their appearance, because the braces are virtually invisible from the outside. Moreover, Incognito braces are suitable for all age groups — children, adolescents, and adults who want to correct the position of their teeth, but who do not want people to know they wear braces.
Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™
Some of our patients are good candidates for aligner therapy using special appliances from Invisalign or ClearCorrect. This modern approach to straightening teeth uses a custom-molded series of aligner trays created specifically for the patient. These trays are made of clear, comfortable plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Because they do not have metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten, they do not cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. Furthermore, brushing and flossing are not a problem, as they would be with metal braces.
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final position and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. Best of all, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing braces.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Breathe Easy™ Splint
One of the causes of snoring may be a symptom of a serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA), which is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. It can affect not only adults, but some children as well; and an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awaking. Common effects of sleep apnea include daytime fatigue, a slower reaction time, and vision difficulties, among other problems.
Fortunately, this condition can be treated in many patients with the use of a Breathe Easy splint. Made of a durable, dual-hardness thermoplastic, this removable dental appliance forms a single unit that engages both upper and lower arches. The soft inside portion fits against the teeth and is flexible for maximum comfort, while the outer edge is firm for maximum durability and hygiene. By stabilizing the lower jaw and bringing it forward, the Breathe Easy Splint ensures that the patient’s airway remains open while he or she sleeps, resulting in a good night’s rest and a renewed feeling of vitality in the morning.