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Two-Phase Treatment

The Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Treatment

At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we believe that early orthodontic treatment brings a world of benefits to our valued patients. It not only enhances the appearance and functionality of teeth, jaws, and facial muscles, but it also contributes to a healthier, more dazzling smile. By addressing any underlying issues during development, early orthodontics helps deter tooth decay, gum disease, and speech problems. By initiating treatment early on, we can take advantage of the growth phase before permanent teeth emerge, promptly resolving any issues.

Our exceptional early orthodontic treatment also tackles overcrowding and bite problems that can potentially lead to more severe damage if left untreated. This approach means fewer long-term issues in the future, minimizing corrective measures needed during subsequent visits. Moreover, early orthodontic treatment often entails shorter and less invasive procedures. This ensures that our patients have a more manageable, approachable, and comfortable treatment experience.

Phase One

During Phase One of treatment, we focus on guiding proper jaw development to ensure the perfect fit for permanent teeth in both upper and lower arches. It is particularly crucial for young children, as they often exhibit early signs of jaw issues as they grow. Dr. Jay, our expert orthodontist, is adept at providing necessary treatments at an early age to correct misalignments and prevent potential problems from arising. At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we have extensive experience in assessing the oral health needs of children, starting treatments as young as six and seven years old.

Resting Period

Between Phase One and Phase Two of our orthodontic treatment, a resting period is necessary. This allows the teeth to settle into their proper positions before proceeding further. During this time, permanent teeth are left undisturbed, allowing them to establish themselves and for the jaw to further develop. Dr. Jay will closely monitor progress through routine check-ups, ensuring proper teeth and jaw development. If necessary, we may cautiously remove baby teeth to create space for permanent teeth to settle even more comfortably.

Phase Two

You’ve made it to the second and final phase of early orthodontic treatment! After giving the teeth a well-deserved rest period, it’s time to fine-tune any remaining orthodontic concerns. This is where we bring in braces or clear aligners, depending on which option is best for your child.

The duration of this phase varies from person to person, typically falling between 12 to 24 months. Our team will be with you every step of the way, ensuring those teeth end up in perfect harmony. And once we’re all done, we’ll equip your child with a retainer to ensure their smile lasts for a lifetime.

TMJ TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment

What Is TMD? (Temporomandibular Disorder)

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a complex and chronic musculoskeletal condition affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It involves pain and dysfunction of the muscles controlling jaw movement and associated structures. TMD can impact both sides of the head, face, ears, and jaws. It is estimated to affect around 5-12% of adults worldwide.

TMD can have various causes, including stress, teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), whiplash injuries, or even habits like excessive gum-chewing. Aging can also contribute to TMD by weakening the jaw muscles and reducing cartilage flexibility. Regardless of the cause, diagnosing and treating TMD is crucial to restore a high quality of life and prevent further jaw joint damage.

Treatment options for TMD at Bow Tie Orthodontics may include physical and occupational therapy, medications, and in severe cases, surgery. Additionally, making lifestyle changes like stress management techniques and consuming soft foods could be recommended. If the condition is severe, surgery may also be suggested to address any structural abnormalities or jaw joint damage.

Symptoms Of TMD

Temporomandibular Disorder presents with various uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Jaw, face, and neck pain
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Clicking noises when moving the jaw
  • Dizziness and ringing in the ears

These symptoms can manifest together or separately. TMD may also cause muscle tenderness around the jaws and limited jaw joint movement.

However, it goes beyond that. Other common indications include issues related to teeth grinding or clenching, a sense of improper alignment of your upper and lower teeth, pain while chewing or eating cold foods, difficulty speaking clearly, popping sounds during mouth opening, and changes in bite force during food consumption.

Depending on the severity, TMD can significantly impact one’s quality of life, affecting eating, sleeping, and daily activities. In severe cases, persistent headaches and complications like jaw locking can arise. In such instances, it is crucial to seek the expertise of an orthodontist like Dr. Jay at Bow Tie Orthodontics for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening With Zoom

Professional Teeth Whitening With Zoom

Teeth whitening is a fantastic way to restore the natural, bright-white shine of healthy teeth. Over time, teeth can become discolored from various sources, including aging, orthodontic issues, and tobacco use. Even your diet, with foods like coffee, tea, and soda, can cause tooth discoloration. Luckily, at Bow Tie Orthodontics, we offer Zoom Whitening, a quick and easy solution to achieve a brighter, healthier smile!

Zoom Whitening is one of the most advanced professional teeth whitening methods available today, delivering remarkable results in around 45 minutes! This revolutionary system employs intense light technology to break down surface stains on your teeth and reveal their brilliance. Dr. Jay, our skilled orthodontist, performs the treatment with expertise and care at our state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring a comfortable and safe experience.

When you visit Bow Tie Orthodontics for teeth whitening, Dr. Jay will start with a free consultation and conduct a thorough examination of your teeth. This allows us to determine the best professional whitening treatment for you. If we agree that Zoom Whitening is the ideal choice, the process begins with a simple cleaning and prepping of your teeth.

The Whitening Process

After preparing your teeth, we protect your lips and gums with a desensitizing cover, and the Zoom Whitening treatment commences. First, we apply a unique, FDA-approved hydrogen-peroxide gel directly to the surface of your teeth, which effectively loosens and breaks down any surface stains. Next, we use a high-tech, blue LED light to activate the gel and enhance its effects. This light emits energy onto the gel molecules, causing them to break down into smaller molecules that can penetrate even deeper into the discolored tooth enamel.

As mentioned earlier, the entire process typically takes about 45 minutes. Throughout the treatment, Dr. Jay periodically checks on your comfort and ensures everything progresses smoothly. Upon completion, you can already expect a noticeable improvement in your tooth color and brightness after just one session! Additionally, the treatment is safe and pain-free; however, some patients may experience slight tooth sensitivity for a few days following their visit. But don’t worry, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your teeth after the Zoom Whitening process and before any future treatments.

Zoom Take-Home Whitening

For those seeking the convenience of at-home teeth whitening without compromising on results, Bow Tie Orthodontics is proud to offer Zoom Take-Home Whitening kits. These kits are designed to provide professional-grade teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home, allowing you to brighten your smile on your own schedule.

The Zoom Take-Home Whitening kit includes custom-fitted trays and a powerful, specially formulated whitening gel that is far more effective than over-the-counter alternatives. Dr. Jay will guide you through the simple process of creating your unique trays, ensuring a comfortable and perfect fit for maximizing the whitening effect.

To use the kit, you fill the custom trays with the provided whitening gel and wear them for a specified amount of time each day, typically during the night. Over a period of one to two weeks, the Zoom Take-Home Whitening kits can lighten your teeth by several shades, restoring their natural brilliance.

These kits not only offer the advantage of a professional-grade whitening product but also the luxury of using them at your own pace, in your own space. It’s the perfect solution for those with busy schedules or for those who prefer a more private whitening experience.

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

What Is Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on rectifying jaw misalignment and irregular facial proportions. This comprehensive treatment involves the use of orthodontic treatment, along with surgical procedures, resulting in improved alignment of the teeth and jaws. The primary objective of surgical orthodontics is to enhance facial aesthetics, promote dental health, and optimize overall function.

One of the notable advantages of surgical orthodontics, particularly at Bow Tie Orthodontics, is the potential for remarkably transformative outcomes beyond what braces alone can achieve. Patients seeking surgical orthodontic treatment can effectively address a range of concerns including underdeveloped jaws, overcrowding, protruding teeth, and asymmetrical facial features. Moreover, this form of treatment can mitigate the risk of oral health complications associated with misaligned or poorly functioning teeth.

Surgical orthodontics may entail reshaping the jawbone, repositioning the upper or lower jaw, or even refining facial features like the chin or nose. Based on individual cases, the surgical procedure may be combined with a period of traditional braces or performed as a stand-alone treatment. It is important to emphasize that treatment plans involving surgical orthodontics necessitate close monitoring and specialized care by an experienced orthodontist, such as Dr. Jay at Bow Tie Orthodontics.

When Might Surgical Orthodontics Be Needed?

There are certain circumstances where surgical orthodontics at Bow Tie Orthodontics may be necessary. In some instances, the underlying issue causing misalignment or irregular facial proportions may be congenital and can only be rectified through surgery. Patients who experience severe overcrowding that cannot be resolved with conventional braces may benefit from surgical intervention to create additional space in the jaw. Furthermore, if a patient is encountering breathing or speech difficulties due to jaw irregularities, surgical correction may be indicated.

Tell-tale signs that you or your child could benefit from surgical orthodontics include:

  • Pronounced underbite or overbite
  • Jaw discomfort resulting from a facial imbalance
  • Challenges with chewing food due to jaw misalignment
  • Inability to fully or comfortably close the mouth

If you or someone in your family is encountering any of these difficulties, we encourage you to visit Bow Tie Orthodontics and consult with Dr. Jay about the potential advantages of surgical orthodontics!