Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Imagine a braces treatment that doesn't use wires or metal brackets, a treatment that is virtually pain free and doesn't require you to change your current lifestyle. With Invisalign aligners, you can straighten your teeth and experience the benefits of a great smile without having to deal with a mouth full of metal! Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, removable, comfortable aligners that straighten teeth in less time than traditional braces.
Instead of metal brackets, ceramic brackets are made from a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material, making them less noticeable and more aesthetically pleasing. Ceramic brackets work in the same way as traditional braces, with a wire running through each bracket that applies gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into their proper positions over time. While ceramic brackets are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, they may be slightly more fragile and prone to breaking, and may also require more frequent adjustments by an orthodontist.
What is dentofacial orthopedics? Many patients wonder what it means when their orthodontist specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This specialization means that your doctor has training and experience in working with the management of tooth movement (orthodontics) as well as the guidance of facial growth and development (dentofacial orthopedics), which usually occurs during childhood.
Do you get drowsy easily without any explanation? Have you started snoring loudly or waking up breathless in the middle of the night for no reason? If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and can be a serious condition. Sleep apnea can be controlled by working with a sleep specialist who can prescribe safe and effective treatments.
What is TMJ/TMD and why does it matter to you? Temporomandibular Disorder is a condition where the joints in your jaw become sore and movement is restricted. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic face and neck pains as well as recurring headaches. These can all be signs of a TMD/TMJ condition that may require treatment.
Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but surgical orthodontics may be needed in some cases to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well. Dr. Lenz doesn't do the surgery, but works with an oral surgeon to get the best results.