Orthodontic Dentistry

Children and Adult Orthodontics

Dr. Beer provides Orthodontic dentistry for adults and children of most ages. He is constantly updating and qualifying his dentistry skills so you can rest assured that you in good hands while under his care.

How do I go about getting braces?

In order to determine the severity of the problem and what is needed to correct it, Dr. Beer will completely evaluate your mouth. This usually includes the following:

  • Impressions are made of your teeth from which plaster models will be made. This will allow Dr. Beer to study your teeth after the appointment and help remind you how your teeth looked before treatment. They will often be brought out during treatment to show what great progress you’re making in your correction.
  • Photographs are taken of your face, teeth, facial profile and smile. This allows the Dr. Beer to give you’re the best facial balance and smile possible.
  • X-rays of your head, teeth and neck. We will refer you to a dental x-ray lab for a cone beam CT scan. This x-ray is taken like the common panoramic x-ray used in most dental offices and does it with less radiation than the older techniques. All information is stored on a CD that allows Dr. Beer’s specialized computer software to re-create your head, teeth, neck, airway, jaw joints and sinuses from any angle or direction desired. This is now considered the “golden standard” for orthodontic imaging.
  • A complete medical and dental health history will be taken
  • A neuro-muscular computer evaluation of your jaw joints and jaw position may be taken if you have Jaw joint (TMJ) problems.

After these records have been analyzed, Dr. Beer will develop a customized treatment plan for your correction. This will be present during a consultation visit where all your questions will be answered. Financial questions will also be answered at this time so there will be no interruption in your treatment.

Bracketing Visit

At this visit that usually last about an hour and a half, we will place the small brackets onto the outsides of your teeth and insert the first wire. At the end of this visit, we will provide you with an oral care package that contains all the necessary items for keeping your braces, teeth and gums healthy while you go through treatment.

Additional visits

Additional visits to check on your progress and change wires as necessary usually occur every 4–8 weeks. With the Damon system, we have found that the number of visits and time for treatment has been greatly reduced. Since this is a “low force-low friction” treatment, tooth soreness is greatly reduced.

What type of braces do you do?

We offer several types of braces and appliances to correct bite problems. The specific type will depend on the correction needed and the severity of the problem. The different types are:

  1. Regular braces: These now consist of very tiny brackets that are “glued” onto the outsides of your teeth. The “Damon System” brackets do not require any latex ties and therefore are cleaner and less irritating to your gums. For more information on the “Damon System” please click here. We do not use metal bands except on teeth that have been crowned or have large fillings at the site for the bracket. These brackets are also available in clear for improved aesthetics.
  2. Invisalign clear braces: These consist of clear trays that are fabricated to move teeth
  3. Lingual braces: The braces are placed on the insides of your teeth and are virtually “invisible”
  4. Functional appliances: These appliances are actually not braces at all but removable appliance that work by activation by the patient. These are best for moving segments of teeth and bone and often are used together with regular braces to correct bite problems.

If you are interested in what type of braces would be best for you, please can Dr. Beer at (309) 454-7344 for a consultation.

I need braces, when should I start?

The answers are different for adult and children. For children, most of the time depending on the problem and how severe it is, correction should be started as soon as the problem is diagnosed. At Dr. Beer’s office, we do not believe in waiting until all the permanent teeth are in the mouth.

Early intervention, at the stage were both baby teeth and adult teeth are present, allows us to direct growth to minimize future problems when the rest of the teeth come in. It also help to get the problems fixed before stressful teenage years. We see the best results with treatments that would be impossible or limited once the face and jaws have fully developed.

A tremendous advantage in having a general dentist like Dr. Beer who does orthodontic treatment as well as general dentistry, is that he is constantly evaluating your child for normal facial growth and development. This starts at the initial examination and occurs at each recall exam and cleaning appointment. Such things as improper tongue swallowing patterns, bad habits such as tongue thrusting or finger sucking, snoring, enlarged tonsils and abnormal eruption of teeth can quickly result in a change in tooth alignment, facial bone imbalances and altered facial appearances.

Occasionally, the child’s treatment may be broken into several phases to correct problems as they occur. Early intervention will usually allow easier completion of treatment at a later age and often less expense.

For adults, orthodontic treatment should start as soon as the patient wants to correct a problem be it cosmetics or function.

For more information about how Dr. Beer can help you with dental braces, call us at (309) 454-7344, we will be happy to give you more information.

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