Treatment Options

FULL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT OPTIONS
a.k.a. Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment or Phase II Orthodontic Treatment

Full Orthodontic Treatment is also called Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment, or Phase II Treatment if a patient had an earlier round of orthodontic guidance treatment (Phase I Treatment).

The goal of Full Orthodontic Treatment is to optimally align all of the adult teeth and achieve your best smile along with a healthy, properly functioning bite. In general, Full Orthodontic Treatment is appropriate for adolescents and adults. This doesn’t always mean that all baby teeth have fallen out, though! Often, an over-retained baby tooth is a sign of another issue such as an impacted or missing adult tooth.

All factors are considered in creating the optimal treatment plan for your individual smile. This includes orthodontic diagnostic findings, any planned treatment with your dentist or other dental specialists, as well as your goals and lifestyle considerations.) No cookie-cutter, one-size fits all orthodontic treatment at Inspire Orthodontics…we never forget the person behind the smile and offer different options to create the best treatment plan for you and your unique situation!

Full Orthodontic Treatment is typically carried out with braces or clear aligners. At Inspire Orthodontics, Dr. Housewright chooses to use only the highest quality brands for his patients…including Damon System Braces, and Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligner systems (“invisible braces”).

FULL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT OPTIONS

CLEAR ALIGNER SYSTEMS - 'INVISIBLE BRACES'

  • - INVISALIGN
  • - SPARK CLEAR ALIGNER SYSTEM
  • - INSPIRE ALIGNERS

Clear aligners offer a discreet and comfortable approach to teeth straightening, helping you achieve your inspiring, healthy smile without braces.
Removable to eat and drink normally? …Check!
Removable to brush and floss, normally? …Check!
They are barely noticeable when smiling and talking, and practically disappear in photos.

Clear aligners are made after taking a 3D digital scan of your teeth and bite. Dr. Housewright uses the digital model of your teeth imported into state-of-the-art software to move each tooth individually into the best position and best bite. Nearly-invisible bio-compatible plastic aligners are then manufactured from the completed digital rendering. The aligners apply carefully controlled forces to gradually shift your teeth into optimal position.

Clear aligners have some very nice benefits and are a great choice in many situations. Schedule your complimentary virtual or in-person evaluation and consultation today to discuss which options will are best for achieving your inspiring smile!

Invisalign - 'The Clear Alternative to Braces'

Invisalign logo and example of clear aligner trayThe original clear aligner system developed over 20 years ago, Invisalign has a long track record of success and has allowed for a lot of research in the use of clear aligners for orthodontic treatment. Comfortable, solid, and storied...this is a great choice for your clear aligner therapy.

Spark Clear Aligner System - the latest advancements in clear aligners

Spark aligners logoOne of the most discreet, comfortable, and precise clear aligner systems, the Spark Aligner System carries many of the newest advances in clear aligner therapy. The Spark Clear Aligner System has a lower financial investment point than big brand aligners making the system an incredible value for our patients without any compromise in quality of materials or treatment.

Inspire Aligners - an option for less complex Smile Touch-ups

Our in-house digital scanning and 3D-printing capabilities allow us to offer you clear aligners for less complex cases. Inspire Aligners are a smart choice for simpler cases and more-limited treatment plans. Get that inspiring smile touch-up you've always wanted!

DAMON SYSTEM BRACES

  • - DAMON Q
  • - DAMON CLEAR

Looking to create your best smile quickly, efficiently, and comfortably? We're with you! Don't settle for old technology! Like the rest of the medical fields, orthodontic treatment continues to evolve rapidly. Orthodontic treatment has advanced far beyond the technology of 'traditional braces', much of which was developed in the 80's & 90's and is still widely in use today. Damon System Braces started the revolution in self-ligating braces and continues to remain at the forefront of this paradigm shift in orthodontic treatment. That's why we're proud to offer two exciting, effective alternatives to traditional braces: Damon Q & Damon Clear braces. Damon Q and Clear braces use 'passive self-ligating' technology to reduce treatment times, improve comfort, and reduce the need for extractions, expanders, and jaw surgery, all while providing you with the amazing, unique smile you'll be proud to show off.

Benefits and Features

  • Faster treatment times
  • Increased comfort
  • Reduced need for extractions, expanders, and jaw surgery
  • Fewer appointments
  • Improved hygiene
  • Low friction, low force system
  • Self-ligating bracket system

Don't choose any other braces system until you check out Damon System! We cordially invite you to a complimentary consultation to see how you will benefit from the many advantages provided by this industry-leading system

"As a patient of both traditional and Damon brackets, I have noticed a very large amount of change in comfort, with Damon being more comfortable than the traditional. Damon brackets are less sharp feeling."

- Ryan W., Inspire Orthodontics patient who replaced his traditional braces with Damon braces.

Damon® Q Brackets

A picture of a Damon Q bracket on a tooth.Damon Q braces use 'passive self-ligating' technology, which means the high-tech, shape-memory orthodontic wires are held in place by a sliding gate mechanism, rather than being tied in with elastomeric ties as with traditional braces. This significantly reduces the friction and binding that can occur with elastomeric ties, allowing the teeth to move more freely, faster, and more comfortably. In fact, lab studies show that Damon Q brackets have 99% less friction than traditional elastomer-tied braces. It has also been shown that elastomers collect more dental plaque. Damon Q brackets are designed to be smoother than traditional braces, helping to provide added comfort and prevent scratches and scrapes in the mouth.

Damon® Clear Braces

Picture of Damon clear bracket on tooth.Damon Clear braces build on the same framework as Damon Q braces, making use of smooth, self-ligating brackets to improve comfort and speed up treatment times. Instead of medical-grade stainless steel, though, Damon Clear brackets are made from a clear, polycrystalline alumina (a fancy term for ultra-pure, lab-made sapphire) that blends in with teeth and is impervious to staining. This gives Damon Clear brackets a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing appearance with exceptional toughness and long-lasting clarity. They come with all the same advantages of Damon Q brackets with aesthetic appeal, making them very popular with adult and teen orthodontic patients.

PHASE I ("EARLY") TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • BENEFITS OF ORTHODONTIC DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE
  • EXPANDERS
  • SPACE MAINTAINERS
  • PHASE I BRACES

ORTHODONTIC DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE: Fortunately, the old notion that children should not see an orthodontist until they have lost all of their baby teeth is starting to fade away. Many conditions of the developing teeth can be occurring unseen within a child’s developing jaws, and the growth of the jaws themselves can often have a huge impact on the child’s eventual smile, bite, dental health, and complexity of future orthodontic treatment. Because of this, Dr. Housewright agrees with the positions of the American Association of Orthodontists and American Dental Association, and strongly advises that all children should have an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7.

First x-ray in a series showing a patient with imoacted canine teeth,Second x-ray in a series showing a patient with imoacted canine teeth.
Third x-ray in a series showing a patient with imoacted canine teeth,

Impacted canine: These x-rays show the progression of an impacted canine for a child who came to see us too late. This resulted in damage (root resorption) to all of the upper incisor tooth roots and loss of the upper left lateral incisor tooth. This child would have benefited greatly from early intervention and orthodontic developmental guidance.

Frontal x=ray showing problems with teeth above the gumline that are not visible.Unseen conditions left unnoticed and untreated can expose children to unfavorable consequences that may cause irreversible damage, unnecessary tooth loss, need for jaw surgery, and/or require more invasive, complex treatment later in life. Luckily, most dental and facial developmental issues can be addressed more easily, or eliminated entirely, with conservative and strategic intervention at an appropriate age and stage of development.

A frontal intra-oral photo showing an underbite. A second frontal intra-oral photo showing the effects of an undertbite on tooth spacing and alignment/

Did you know? …You do not need a referral from your dentist or any other provider for you or your child to be seen by Dr. Housewright! Give us a call today or click the link below to schedule your complimentary virtual or in-person consultation.

X-ray showing an underbiteAnother x-ray showing an overbite

Underbite: Underbite correction with a conservative night-time headgear treatment. This type of treatment works best with young children when the jaws still have a lot of growth potential. This young lady would probably have needed jaw surgery later if this was not corrected early.

Impacted teeth can damage the adult teeth next to them. Conditions such as crossbites can cause abnormal jaw growth resulting in the face growing asymmetrically. Unfavorable timing of loss of baby teeth can cause space loss within the dental arch and allow the bite to collapse and increase dental crowding. It is also important to consider the psychosocial impact of providing a child with a smile that they are proud of as they go through some very formative years. These are just a few conditions that should be identified at an early age so that an appropriate course of treatment can be undertaken for these kiddos. While not all kids need early Orthodontic Developmental Guidance…in fact, Dr. Housewright does not prescribe early treatment for most children…it is extremely important that all kids are seen for an orthodontic evaluation around age 7.

APPLIANCES

EXPANDER

A model of upper teeth witha pallatel expanderExpanders can be used to correct crossbites, alleviate crowding, help with airway/breathing deficiencies, and for use as a foundation with other orthodontic treatment. Expanders are very useful appliances that are used for a number of reasons. Timing of expanders is an important consideration. The amount of force needed for expanders is much lower at a younger age, which is healthier for the teeth and gums, and A picture of teeth with an expander between the molars.more comfortable for the patient. Make sure we see your child for evaluation by age 7! When developing your child’s treatment plan, Dr. Housewright will determine if an expander is appropriate, and at what age.

An intraoral photo of the front of a patient's teeth showing a crossbite with a lower jaw shift.Crossbite with lower jaw shift: This young patient had a crossbite that caused his lower jaw to shift to his right to achieve a comfortable bite. Left untreated, the lower jaw would have permanently grown asymmetrically to the right side. An expander was used to correct the problem.