Gain a Straighter Smile with a Customized Orthodontic Treatment Plan
Orthodontic treatment is perhaps the most reliable and conservative solution to completely transform your smile. While some dental practices may resort to more invasive or costly procedures to enhance the teeth, our cosmetic dentists always consider orthodontics as a potential treatment choice for tooth correction. Drs. Eric Klumb and Mike Menolascino are highly experienced in many types of orthodontic systems, including traditional metal braces and cosmetic braces like Invisalign® and tooth-colored options. The goal of our skilled dentists and dental team is to help patients achieve straighter teeth and a healthy bite without invasive treatment involving tooth extraction and/or headgear.
At Eureka Smiles, orthodontics are a large part of our St. Louis-area practice. We use a variety of methods to correct spacing and biting issues as well as crowding and rotated or missing teeth. Our dentists provide treatment for both adults and children. We feel we offer many of the techniques necessary to develop a thorough orthodontic plan that can meet your needs, expectations, and the speed of treatment desired.
Orthodontics for Adults and Children
While orthodontic work is commonly pursued during the adolescent years, more and more adults are discovering the aesthetic and health benefits that braces can offer patients at any age. At Eureka Smiles, we are committed to finding unique, tailored orthodontic solutions for younger and older patients alike in St. Louis County. Through our dentists’ extensive experience with the latest, most up-to-date orthodontic technology, we are able to provide a multitude of highly effective tooth-straightening options — from metal braces to clear aligners and the popular Invisalign® system. We personalize each orthodontic treatment plan based on the unique needs and goals of each patient.
Our goal for children who require orthodontic treatment is to create a proper foundation for a healthy bite and beautiful smile with as little discomfort as possible. We often place traditional braces using light-force wires for adolescent patients and almost never utilize teeth extractions, headgear, spacers, or separators. We also have a wide collection of rubber band colors available for your child’s braces so they can straighten their teeth according to their individual taste. We generally aim to complete a child’s orthodontic treatment plan within one to two years.
For adult patients who require orthodontics, our dentists are thrilled to offer some of the most inconspicuous teeth-straightening systems available. These options include clear aligners as well as braces with thin, tooth-colored wires, allowing them to blend in with your natural enamel. In some cases, these braces can better allow our dentists to refine the positioning of your teeth as treatment progresses. Tooth-colored braces may be the best choice for patients who must address significant crookedness or crowding.
The Invisalign® clear aligner system is considered one of the most unobtrusive orthodontic systems to straighten your teeth and enhance your confidence. This treatment works by gently guiding your teeth into the correct positioning using a series of clear, removable aligners. With Invisalign®, patients are able to eat their favorite foods without restriction and brush/floss their teeth as usual. The aligners are also made out of clear thermoplastic, making treatment virtually undetectable to outside observers.
Like Invisalign®, SureSmile® is a cutting-edge orthodontic treatment that uses a series of thin, clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth and bite. This system offers all the advantages of invisible and removable braces, including inconspicuous treatment and the ability to eat without restriction. SureSmile® also often straightens teeth faster than metal braces, and may require fewer dental appointments. Our dentists can repair many orthodontic concerns with SureSmile®, including underbites, overbites, crowding, and crooked or misaligned teeth.
Bioliner Plus™ System
Patients who seek an inconspicuous way to straighten their teeth may have another treatment option in the form of the Bioliner Plus™ Clear Aligner System. This innovative process uses a unique two-tray-per-aligner approach to gently guide teeth into the proper positioning at a rate of 1.5 mm of movement per aligner compared to the 0.25 mm per aligner that is typical of other tooth straightening technologies. Depending on your concerns, this can result in a faster treatment time in relation to other orthodontic systems.
The secret to Bioliner Plus™ is an EVA insert placed in one tray (“tray-A”) that allows delicate and continuous motion of teeth, while addressing issues in the lower anterior and upper lateral rotations commonly experienced with other clear aligners. After “tray-A” is worn for approximately two to three weeks, the second tray without an EVA insert— “tray-B”—is worn for one to two weeks to finish the process before the next series is ordered (if necessary). After treatment is complete, the final “tray-B” aligner can even be used as a retainer for up to two years. The Bioliner Plus™ system works best for candidates with mild to moderate tooth misalignment. If you are unsure which orthodontic treatment is ideal for your needs, Drs. Klumb or Menolascino can meet with you to help determine whether Bioliner Plus™ can achieve your cosmetic goals while providing a healthy bite.
If you would like to learn more about the exciting advances in orthodontics available at Eureka Smiles, contact our dentists at our St. Louis county offices today. We can help patients who are interested in metal braces or Invisalign. From fun and wacky colors on braces for children, to discreet yet effective methods for adults, we have the orthodontic solution that is perfect for you.