Orthodontic Cosmetic Care in Hastings
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that corrects improper bites and tooth displacements. If left untreated, crooked teeth and improper jaw positioning can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease, TMJ problems, excessive tooth wear, and can affect one’s self-esteem.
When you come into either our Hastings or Donophin office, we’ll be sure to recommend the best treatment that fits your needs and expectations. Orthodontic care helps deliver a healthier mouth, an enhanced appearance, and provides the possibility to have teeth that can last a lifetime.
Who Can Get Orthodontic Care?
Dr. Bauer and his associates provide comprehensive orthodontic services for children and adults, beginning with an evaluation of their entire mouth. If we determine that you’re a good candidate for orthodontics, we will give you a recommended treatment plan that includes a timeline and cost estimate for you to consider.
Patients who are generally recommended to receive orthodontic treatment may have any of the following dental complications:
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
- Misplaced midline
Treatments at Bauer & Howard
When it comes to orthodontic care at Bauer & Howard, we offer metal braces or the newly favored treatment, Invisalign. Depending on the condition of your mouth, both treatments are processes that can take as little as a couple months or up to several years. Your teeth will shift to their suitable place with the gentle pressure provided by our metal or clear braces.
Traditional, Metal Braces
Metal braces, the most common orthodontic treatment, are a set of bonded brackets, archwires, and elastic bands that work over a period of time to shift your teeth. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to eventually deliver your expected outcome. Once the teeth are properly aligned, a fixed or adjustable retainer is often placed to keep them in place until they have completely settled.
A common misconception is that braces are for children. Today more and more adults are learning that there’s more than just a cosmetic benefit to braces, but a health benefit as well. We offer braces that are smaller and less noticeable than they once were, ensuring no patient is embarrassed by them. The elastic bands we use can come in bright colors for kids or clear styles which are preferred by many adults.
If you’re still uneasy about getting traditional braces because of their appearance, or your lifestyle just doesn’t match up with the requirements of braces, we also offer Invisalign. It’s just as effective as metal braces and gradually realigns your teeth, all under a discreet manner. You can remove them for eating or drinking, brushing or flossing, important events like a wedding or job interview, and even for playing sports or instruments.
First, we create a series of aligners that are customized to the contours of your mouth designed by our state-of-the-art dental technology. Once you’ve worn each aligner long enough, you’ll come to our office to receive your next set. With the major advantages of being virtually invisible, comfortable, and removable, Invisalign has become a modern, highly-popular alternative to traditional braces.
Straighten Your Smile at Bauer & Howard
If you’ve been hesitant about orthodontic treatment, know that our team at Bauer & Howard is one you can trust. We understand the importance of a healthy, flawless smile, and we want to ensure that any patient that comes in seeking treatment will be provided with remarkable results.
Contact us at our Hastings or Doniphan office today to get started on your journey towards a straighter smile. Dr. Bauer is excited to meet you and help you improve your oral health.