Before starting treatment, your teeth and gums must be healthy. If you have cavities or gum disease, this will need to be taken care of by your general dentist prior to any orthodontic work. Dr. Peterson will work with your dentist to make sure your teeth are healthy before he places any appliances or brackets.
In the past, the stereotypical metal braces were the only option for both kids and adults. However, advances in the supplies and technology available for orthodontists now give you several options for straightening your teeth.
The metal braces of today are much more efficient than those of yesteryear. If you choose metal braces in San Tan Valley AZ, Dr. Peterson and his team will take a 3D model of your teeth and prepare a treatment plan just for you. He may place a few spacers between your molars in preparation for putting your braces on during the next visit. When you come to the office to have your braces placed, plan on getting comfortable in the chair for a few hours. Dr. Peterson and his team will dry your teeth off and place a special glue then a bracket on each tooth. Once they’re adjusted just right, Dr. Peterson will apply a dental light to each bracket to harden the glue. Next he places a wire called an arch wire along the brackets and secures it with small elastics called ligatures. You get to choose the colors, and PFO has colors ranging from a fun lime green to a subdued tooth color. After you get your braces in San Tan Valley AZ, your teeth will likely feel a little sore for a few days. Eat soft foods and remember it does get better! Patients with metal braces typically come into the office every 4-6 weeks for adjustments.
Ceramic braces are very similar to their metal counterparts, but a little less noticeable. They are the same color as your teeth and tend to blend into your smile. The wires used to move your teeth are still metal, however, and there is still a need to use the small elastics, or ligatures, to secure the wire to the brackets. Again, you can choose whether you want brightly colored or tooth colored elastics to control the visibility of your braces. The process for applying and caring for this type of braces is generally very similar to that of metal braces.
Dr. Peterson is a proud provider of Invisalign, the most proven type of clear aligners. Not all adults are candidates for this type of treatment, but for many people these aligners are a fantastic way to straighten their teeth without anyone even noticing. To start Invisalign treatment, Dr. Peterson and his team will take a 3D scan of your teeth. Using this scan, Dr. Peterson will create a customized treatment plan for you and will obtain your first few sets of trays. He will show you how to use and care for the trays, and give you instructions on how long to wear each set. You’ll come into the office periodically so Dr. Peterson can check to be sure your teeth are moving correctly. He will then tweak the plan as necessary and obtain your next sets of trays. This type of treatment depends largely on you wearing your trays as directed, so be sure you’re up for this commitment before choosing Invisalign. It is important to wear clear aligners only under the direction of an orthodontist like Dr. Peterson, as do-it-yourself programs do not take into account all aspects of treatment such as overall dental health and your bite.
It’s time to take care of YOU! With so many options, you’re sure to find one that fits your lifestyle. Whether you’re barely into your adult years, experiencing a mid-life crisis, or even nearing retirement, you’ve still got so much of your life to live. Why not get braces in San Tan Valley AZ and live it with a beautiful smile?!
Dream big. Smile on.