Orthodontic Services – Atlanta, GA
Offering comprehensive, high-quality orthodontic care means more than just providing different kinds of braces. It means having a variety of orthodontic devices and treatment plans available so that patients of all ages can improve their oral and overall health. On this page, you can learn about the different services that you’ll find at Duo Orthodontics.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are still widely used to this day to deal with the most severe cases of tooth and bite misalignment. The brackets and wires are firmly attached to the teeth, and you’ll return to our office periodically for adjustments. The exact amount of time you have to wear them may vary, although it’s not uncommon to have them for 2 to 3 years.
These are very similar to metal braces, but with a significant difference: the brackets will either be see-through or tooth-colored, and the wire attaching them will be designed to blend in with the teeth as well. The idea is to help you enjoy the benefits of traditional braces with an aesthetically pleasing alternative that won’t stand out whenever you smile.
Clear plastic aligners allow you to enjoy a very different sort of orthodontic experience. You will not have to worry about changing your diet significantly over the next couple of years or people staring at your orthodontic appliance; the clear aligners will be virtually invisible when worn and can be easily removed during meals. Our in-house Duo Aligners offer additional convenience without forcing you to compromise on the quality of your fully personalized treatment.
When it comes to clear aligners, Invisalign is probably the most well-known option, and it’s highly recommended for those with slightly crooked or uneven smiles who don’t want to have to worry about braces over the long term. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks at a time, and you’ll return to our office every six weeks or so for a progress check. Your treatment will normally be complete after about 12 to 18 months.
3M Aligners allow patients to correct a wide array of orthodontic issues without having to face the world with a mouthful of metal. The light, clear trays fit comfortably over the teeth and are designed to gently move them into a straighter and more functional (as well as more attractive!) orientation. Like other aligner treatments, 3M can also be removed whenever a patient wants, allowing for easy eating and oral hygiene.
Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodontics
Your child may not need full braces by the time they are seven or eight, but at that point, enough of the mouth’s structure will have developed so that we can form an idea of how the permanent teeth will emerge. If we determine that there might be problems down the line, we can use Phase 1 orthodontic treatments to guide the growth of the teeth and jaws so that your little one avoids more complicated issues over the long term.
Once you reach adulthood, you might think the window of opportunity for orthodontic treatment has closed. But as a matter of fact, around a quarter of orthodontic patients in the US are over 18! Whether there’s an orthodontic complication that is taking its toll on your oral health or simply a cosmetic issue that you’ve always felt self-conscious about, Duo Orthodontics can offer solutions tailor-made for your unique needs and lifestyle.
Adult Orthognathic Surgical Treatment
Orthognathic surgery is typically recommended to correct abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaw. These issues can make it difficult for adults to chew, speak, sleep, or even breathe properly, which is why intervention is often strongly encouraged for a higher quality of life. During the surgical treatment, our team will carefully straighten and realign the jaws to create newfound harmony. Braces may also be recommended in conjunction with the surgery, but every case is different. Don’t worry – we’ll always let you know what to expect before any actual work begins.
Retainers & Oral Appliances
We can give you a custom-made retainer that will help ensure that your teeth remain in place after your initial treatment has ended. Other oral appliances are also available depending on a patient’s orthodontic needs; for example, some children will need a special device to make sure that the space left by a baby tooth that was lost too early stays open.
Dentofacial orthopedics is somewhat different from orthodontics. Instead of focusing on the movement of the teeth, dentofacial orthopedics is more about making sure that the nearby facial structures develop properly. The treatment is highly recommended for children whose jaws are still malleable and thus more receptive to change. Dealing with facial and jaw misalignments as early as possible could help your little one avoid more complicated interventions later in life.