Orthodontic Services at My Orthodontist
Why We Love Serving New Jersey and the Surrounding Areas
We enjoy serving the communities of New Jersey. As NJ orthodontists, our mission is to exceed the expectations of every patient. Our doctors and the entire team here at My Orthodontist are laser focused on serving our patients. Because of all of the amazing relationships that we’ve created over the years and continue to create, we love coming into the office every day.
My Orthodontist offers a variety of orthodontic services for patients across New Jersey at our many locations.
Orthodontic Treatment at the Cellular Level
When braces apply pressure to our teeth, they don’t simply move. There’s an intense cellular process happening in our jaws in response to that pressure. In front of the tooth, specialized cells called osteoclasts break down bone cells that are in the way, while osteoblasts build new bone cells behind the tooth to keep it fitting snugly in its socket. The bone is actually reshaping itself!
This is a major reason why it’s so important to go to an NJ orthodontist for dental crowding, crookedness, or bad bites. It takes all those years of education and training we receive to be able to understand the best ways to encourage teeth to shift to their proper position. Someone with less experience might attempt an approach that doesn’t produce the best results or puts the teeth at risk.
Orthodontic Services Provided by My Orthodontist
Here at My Orthodontist at many locations across NJ, we pride ourselves on being among the most proficient orthodontic offices in New Jersey and the surrounding areas. We provide a wide array of services that focus on preventing as well as solving orthodontic health issues. We approach orthodontics from a whole-body health perspective, which means that we aren’t just solving problems in a patient’s mouth; instead, we are helping them to become healthy overall. Some of the dental services that we provide are:
Common Appliances Used With Wire Braces
Sometimes, we need one or two other appliances in addition to the braces themselves in order to have the correct bite and palate shape as well as straight teeth, and sometimes we need these appliances to get our teeth ready for braces in the first place.
In order to put braces on, you might need spacers between your back teeth for a while. Spacers are small elastic rings that move your molars apart just enough to fit bands onto them to anchor your braces. This process can take from 3-10 days. Not all patients with wire braces will need spacers first.
Palatal expanders correct narrow palates by bracing against the teeth and the roof of the mouth and exerting gradual pressure outwards to encourage the palate to widen to the proper shape. These are important appliances for correcting crossbites and crowding. Palatal expanders often go in before braces to make room for the teeth to go where they’re supposed to go.
A holding arch may be used when a child loses baby teeth too early. It holds the permanent front teeth and molars in place so they don’t shift and crowd the teeth that haven’t had a chance to grow in yet. A holding arch for the upper jaw is sometimes called the “Nance button,” and lower jaw holding arches are called “lower lingual holding arches.”
Bite plates are acrylic, retainer-like appliances that correct “deep” bites. A deep bite occurs when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth so much that the lower incisors touch the gum tissue behind the upper incisors, leading to many complications. A bite plate creates a barrier between the lower incisors and the upper gum tissue and helps shift the teeth to decrease the overlap.
No Matter What Your Orthodontic Services Are, Retention Matters
The bone-reshaping process takes time, and our teeth still remember their old position after the braces come off. This is why it’s so important to wear retainers. They help the teeth and jaws get used to the new position, and they also prevent separate shifting that happens to most people’s teeth as they get older.
How Our Doctors Can Help
Our doctors and the entire team here at My Orthodontist consider every patient a member of our family. We look forward to the opportunity to speak with you, listen to your concerns, and find a simple and effective solution. If you are interested in improving your orthodontic health and would like to take advantage of a free consultation, please give us a call at (855) 776-9678. If you live in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, we look forward to seeing you and inviting you into our orthodontics family.