When you visit our office for the first time, you can rest assured knowing that Dr. Steinle will provide you with complete attention, as well as honest answers to all of your questions. We offer several services, which include:
- Metal braces: the most commonly used traditional types of braces. These braces are made of stainless steel and are much smaller than ever before. The braces are placed on the teeth by the orthodontist. A wire is placed into the braces and tied in with rubber rings that can be colored or silver to match the braces. At visits, these wires and/or rubber ties are usually changed depending on how the teeth have moved.
- Clear braces: also called “ceramic” braces, resemble the metal braces but are a lot less noticeable than the metal ones. A good choice for older teens or adults who would like their braces to be less visible.
- Invisalign: an alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign is a series of clear, “invisible” retainers that can be used to straighten teeth. Since they are removable, brushing and oral hygiene is easier for the patient. While not suitable for every case, invisalign is often a good option for patients who are concerned about the esthetics or care of traditional braces. Invisalign retainers must be worn full-time for optimal results.
- Appliances: palate expanders for children with crossbites, or "habitbreaker" appliances for kids who suck their thumbs, are examples of appliances which are often helpful early aids to begin bite correction, or stop habits harmful to teeth, at an early age.
- Retainers: often an alternative to full treatment, if a few teeth require movement. Retainers are also used to keep teeth in their position after orthodontic treatment. Sometimes patients notice that teeth are moving with age, or related to changes with the gums, and retainers can be made to prevent further movement.
- Lingual bonded retainer: a thin wire that is placed behind teeth to prevent them from moving. Especially after braces are removed, teeth that were rotated or spaced before treatment may require this extra reinforcement, to keep them in their straight position and prevent “relapse”.
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At the office of Siri C. Steinle, DMD, we know that problems such as an under bite and crowded teeth can be uncomfortable, as well as a cause for self-esteem issues. Our office will handle your orthodontic needs with compassion and care.
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