Orthodontic Care You Can Trust
For those who are self-conscious about their smile, orthodontic care is the answer they have been looking for. Orthodontic treatment can help correct malocclusion, overbite, underbite, crossbite, deep bites, crooked teeth and other flaws of the jaw and teeth.
At the office of Dr. Mark D. Paschen, you will receive the highest quality of care and service in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Patients of all ages are welcome to come and see what orthodontic treatment can do for them. We offer different types of braces, including clear aligners and traditional braces.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Traditional Metal Braces
We offer a variety of braces. Traditional braces are made of stainless steel and are attached to the patient's teeth. There are colored elastic bands surrounding them. Braces have been designed to allow the orthodontic provider to move a patient's teeth in a three dimensional manner.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are popular with patients of all ages due to their cosmetic appeal. These are mainly used on older teenagers and adult patients who are worried about the appearance of having braces. Although they are less visible, ceramic braces require more attention as they are larger and more brittle than traditional metal braces. Because of this, ceramic braces are generally used on the upper front teeth rather than on the lower teeth.
Clear aligners consist of a series of invisible, removable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. These are similar to the Invisalign® system. Since the aligners are removable, it means you can still eat and drink whatever you want during your treatment. It also makes brushing and flossing less of an inconvenience. Clear aligners are comfortable and metal free, which means the patient won't risk any mouth abrasions that can be common with the use of metal braces.
Lingual (Inside) Braces
Lingual braces are great because they are hidden behind the patient's teeth, making them “invisible” when the patient smiles. These braces are customized to match the teeth of each individual patient. They are a great option for adults who are self-conscious about getting braces. Unfortunately, they are not feasible for some orthodontic cases, but there are also other esthetic options that Dr. Paschen would be happy to discuss with you.
This orthodontic approach may involve 2 separate phases: These two treatment phases are often separated with an observation period in between while more permanent teeth erupt. The point of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity for a patient to achieve a beautiful, functional smile that will last throughout their entire life.
Goals of Phase I include:
- Establishment of good skeletal base upon which the teeth can develop
- Provide additional space for the development of crowded teeth
- Eliminate etiological factors (thumb/finger sucking, tongue thrust, lip entrapment)
- Management of teeth that are developing into the wrong position, which may lead to crowding, impactions, or future extractions.
Phase II treatment begins after all deciduous (baby) teeth are lost. This alignment phase usually takes about 1 ½ to 2 years. Phase II is a separate investment from the Phase I fee. Bite correction, space closure, tooth positioning, root paralleling, and other important refinements are achieved during this stage of treatment.