Prior to any orthodontic treatment, Dr. Forsberg will conduct a thorough clinical exam and take diagnostic records. The records are used to formulate a treatment plan specifically designed to your personal needs. Treatment of dental malocclusions often has several options. These treatment options will be presented to you to allow you to choose the treatment best suited to you.
The vast majority of patients are treated with traditional braces. Traditional braces are the fastest, most accurate, most affordable form of treatment for dental malocclusion. We use the latest technology and modern techniques in our traditional braces. These braces can be personalized with colored elastics.
Patients who are concerned about aesthetics have the option of treatment with Invisalign®. Invisalign® treatment is a system of progressive aligners that are transparent. These aligners are worn full-time for 2 to 3 weeks before progressing to the next aligner in the series. When patients are progressing well, office visits can be stretched to six week intervals. The aesthetics and reduced number of office visits makes Invisalign® treatment a favorite of young adult professionals.
When orthodontic treatment is complete, all patients receive retainers to support their teeth. Proper wear of retainers is essential to maintaining orthodontic corrections. Dr. Forsberg will tailor a retention plan specific to your treatment needs.
Functional Appliance Therapy
Often, dental malocclusions are complicated by jaw discrepancies. This means that not only are the teeth crooked but also the jaw bones don't fit well together. Functional appliance therapy works with natural growth to improve these jaw positions. These treatments are referred to as orthopedic corrections. It is important to treat orthopedic problems when there is still sufficient growth to work with. This is why an early consultation by age 7 is critical.
Patients often grind their teeth during sleep. This is called bruxism. Bruxism is a para functional habit. Dentistry has no way to stop bruxism. In patients with bruxism, it is important to protect teeth from the harmful effects of grinding. To protect teeth, a night guard is prescribed. The night guard is an acrylic appliance that covers the teeth. This appliance is worn at night to mitigate the effects of grinding.
Mouthguards are suggested for all activities that place your teeth at risk. All athletic activities that result in physical contact necessitate a mouth guard. During orthodontic treatment when teeth are actively moving, thermoplastic mouth guards are used. These are inexpensive and able to be reformed as teeth move. When orthodontic treatment is complete, a custom mouth guard can be constructed that will reduce the chance of injury due to physical contact. Dr. Forsberg will recommend what is best for your situation.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliances
Snoring and associated sleep problems can benefit from an appliance that improves the airway during sleep. There are several types of appliances available. There are many medical conditions that are improved by allowing a patient to get a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea requires a medical diagnosis. Patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea can have their appliances fitted here. A good night’s sleep is the foundation of good health.
Contact us today for insights about ideal orthodontic solutions. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Forsberg. Please call us today at 814-864-0684.