Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth. It is about achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve for confidence that lasts a lifetime.
Orthodontic treatment may not only improve your smile, but it can improve your health! Dr. Lawless uses digital imaging and a detailed examination to create a customized treatment plan that results in a beautiful smile, a well-functioning bite and healthy jaw joints. Teeth that are better positioned are easier to keep clean! An accurate bite improves jaw function, increases chewing efficiency, provides long-term health to the jaw muscles and joints, and sustains the health of the gum tissue.
Dr. Lawless and his team pride themselves on offering excellent customer service and an exceptional orthodontic experience to all patients. It is their goal to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment in a professional, caring and fun environment where patients are the top priority and where getting braces is a pleasant experience!
Orthodontic Treatment Has Never Been Better
Teeth move to their determined positions with gentle, constant force that is carefully controlled. The latest materials are so advanced and designed to move teeth more efficiently with greater comfort.
Types of Braces
There has never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment at any age! Technology has significantly advanced the field of orthodontics, and there are so many options available to our patients. We offer traditional metal braces, and a clear option. There are even removable options! Patients may often choose colors for their braces.
When it comes to braces treatment, one size does not fit all. Every patient has their own unique needs, and also some particular things they want out of treatment. To help all of our patients get the fit they deserve, we offer several types of braces.
Self-ligating braces use special metal brackets that do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth which adds to patient comfort. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place.
Clear Ceramic Braces
For those who need the effectiveness of traditional braces but want a more aesthetic choice, ceramic braces are an excellent option. They are made from clear or tooth colored ceramic or porcelain, allowing them to blend in with the teeth. However, they are more delicate, making them an option for adults more than teens or children.
For those with mild to moderate alignment problems, clear aligners are an option. These aligners fit snuggly over the teeth and are made from clear plastic, ensuring that those around you cannot see them. You can remove them when eating, brushing, and flossing, and they are incredibly comfortable, making them a great choice for those who need braces, but don’t want them due to the feel of them, the look of them, or the inconvenience of them.
How much do braces cost?
Fees for treatment vary based on the complexity of the orthodontic treatment recommendation provided by Dr. Lawless. There are several factors like the length of recommended treatment and the type of treatment that determine the total investment for your smile.
Brace Case Example
After Dr. Lawless’ recommendation of 24 months of comprehensive treatment, Morgan chose to get clear braces:
Treatment: Traditional Braces
Total Fee: $5500
Insurance Contribution: $1500
Total Cost After Insurance: $4000
Initial Payment: $300
Monthly Payments: $154/mo for 24 months
Morgan’s total investment is $5500. With her dental insurance contribution of $1500, she is responsible for $4000. To maintain a low monthly cost, Morgan decided to take advantage of our interest-free financing for 24 months. She made an initial payment of $300 and her monthly payments are only $154. Ask about our zero-interest in-house financing options today!
Do you charge for the first visit?
No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee for the initial consultation.
What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits their practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.
What can I eat with braces?
During the first week of braces, you may feel some discomfort as your teeth adjust to the brackets. We recommend eating softer foods like scrambled eggs, mac-and-cheese, chicken noodle soup, and even ice cream - yum!
After your first week of braces as your teeth feel more comfortable, you will have more flexibility to eat your favorite foods. You should still try to avoid sticky food like popcorn and certain candy because they can cause the brackets to detach from your teeth. If this happens, give us a call and we’ll be happy to repair the bracket for you!
How long will I wear my braces?
Dr. Lawless will discuss your treatment time with you, as orthodontic treatment times can vary. Several factors may affect your custom treatment time, but overall the average treatment time is about 18-24 months. The best way to stay on track to a successful treatment plan is stay involved, and be an active participant in your plan. This means schedule and attend all appointments on time so that you can meet your goals.
Before your journey begins, schedule your first complimentary visit with Dr. Lawless! He will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the concern, a written summary of the findings, and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals, and estimated fees.