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Braces

Treatment

Dr. Johnson uses the latest technologies in his office to make sure our patients get the very best care. For braces, Dr. Johnson uses passive, self ligating Damon Braces for efficient tooth movement and less pain compared to traditional braces. He also offers a completely digitally created, customized braces called Insignia, that are specifically made for your smile.

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Insignia improves upon the Damon System with:
- 3D computerized treatment planning and setup
- Custom brackets and wires
- Faster treatment
- Better results / Fewer visits

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One of the most exciting innovations in orthodontics has been the invention of brackets with low friction properties. These brackets are classified as Self Ligating brackets because they have clips or doors that hold the wire in the bracket slot.

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Phase I Treatment

It is best for an orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by this time and cross bites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated.

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Traditional

For those that cannot get away from the allure of the colored bands that hold the wires in place traditional braces may be for you.

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What Can I Eat While Wearing Braces?

Getting used to braces also means making a few adjustments in your eating habits. You can eat just about anything, but there are some exceptions. Here is a list of items that your orthodontic team suggests you avoid (or some you can eat with caution).

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Emergency Care

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time. Generally, a broken/loose bracket can be fixed at your next regular appointment. Accidents involving trauma to your face and lips should be managed by the Emergency Room or your General Dentist. If you have a pokey wire that you cannot manage with wax, call our office to be connected with someone who can help.