Traditional braces and Invisalign® offered by Dr. Donald Czaplicki at his Milwaukee practice can help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile. Straight teeth don't just look great - they make it easier to maintain clean teeth and healthy gums. We offer orthodontic treatment for children and adults, allowing patients of all ages to experience the many benefits of a properly aligned smile. The orthodontic treatments we provide are designed to apply gentle pressure to the teeth over time, gradually moving them into proper alignment.
If you are interested in straightening your smile, contact Czaplicki Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation today.
Ideally, a smile should consist of straight, evenly spaced teeth. Properly positioned teeth contribute to overall dental health, since they are easier to keep clean and flossed. Misaligned teeth create inaccessible pockets that can trap food particles, leading to increased risk of decay and other complications. Of course, the primary motivation for most patients seeking braces is cosmetic, and the increased confidence and pride that comes from a beautiful smile is certainly worth the time and effort.
Dr. Czaplicki and his team offer several options for straightening teeth, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign®. The best choice for you depends upon several factors, such as the severity of misalignment, the timing of treatment, lifestyle preferences, and budget concerns.
Metal braces are a very effective, efficient treatment for patients of any age, especially when misalignment is severe. For patients with extreme bite issues, rotated teeth or overcrowding, these traditional braces may be the best choice.
Ceramic braces are very similar to metal, but are designed to blend in with the color of your teeth, so they are less visible. For this reason, ceramic braces can be a good option for adult patients and older teens. Like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces also rely on arch wires and other hardware to apply pressure to the teeth.
Depending on the case, the dentist may recommend that children under 13 begin treatment early and undergo a two-stage process. Initially, the goal is to expand the jaw during a time when the bones are soft, growing rapidly, and easy to alter. Worn for 6-12 months, a dental expansion appliance works to create more room in the mouth for adult teeth. This allows for a shorter time period wearing braces as a teen, and can eliminate the need for tooth extractions. The second phase begins in the early teens, with braces applied for the purpose of straightening teeth.
Invisalign® is a popular choice for teens and adults who don't want to wear conspicuous hardware. Using a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth, Invisalign® braces are virtually invisible. The aligners are easily removable for meals and teeth cleaning, so treatment requires no diet restrictions or other measures to maintain oral health. Invisalign® is an effective treatment option for most orthodontic issues.
If you are interested in learning more about braces for yourself or your children, contact Czaplicki Family Dentistry and set up a consultation today.