Braces or Invisalign
What are the options?

Traditional

Traditional braces have come a long way over the years, becoming sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable. And that’s certainly something to smile about!

Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are adhered to your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. They require periodic tightening so pressure can gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw as needed.

Gold

Iconix champagne colored brackets truly offer the best of both worlds - the durability of stainless steel and the esthetics of white gold. A unique proprietary process ensures these brackets will stay champagne colored for the duration of treatment.

Clear

Is a modeling or public speaking career in the works? Ceramic braces provide the “clear” option to metal braces. Small, aesthetic, and comfortable, they will provide all the benefits of braces but are very hard to notice. Do not be surprised if your family and friends cannot tell you have them on. Speak to us about what we can offer.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear orthodontic alternative to traditional braces. It uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners that have been customized by Dr. Lazzara to straighten your teeth. Plastic aligners can move teeth just as effectively as braces, and have been growing in popularity year over year for our teenage and adult patients.

Children (Phase 1)

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist by age 7 to evaluate if and when orthodontic treatment may be needed. This is the ideal timing because the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated.
When treatment is begun early, orthodontics can:

  • Guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth

  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches

  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions

  • Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth

  • Correct thumb-sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems

Teenagers (Phase 2)

Does your teen avoid smiling because they have crowded or crooked teeth? The way someone's teeth look can have a profound effect on their self esteem and social skills.

Most orthodontic patients begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 16, depending on the particular patient's occlusion (bite) and dentition (the type, number and arrangement of a set of natural teeth). Typically, adolescent years are the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems as they have not yet finished growing and discrepancies in jaw alignment can be corrected more easily.

Adults

While the thought of braces often conjures images of adolescents with metal brackets and wires in their mouths, the fact is that 25% of patients who seek some type of orthodontic treatment are over the age of 21. Generally adults are highly motivated to improve their smiles, and overall health of their teeth and gums. Orthodontics has come a very long way since the days of tightening wires, and there are many different treatment options available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today's appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are next to invisible. New techniques and materials today have made wearing braces more comfortable than ever!

In a hurry? We have short term and limited treatment options that may be perfect for you.

Surgical Treatments

Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Often, surgery is required for improved facial appearances. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.