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Adults

There have been so many advances in orthodontics that no adult should deprive themselves the pleasure of a beautiful, healthy smile. New techniques can make orthodontics both subtle and non-intrusive for adults.

Length of Treatment

Each case is unique, and Dr. Franz will be pleased to provide you with an estimated treatment length at your initial consultation appointment. On average, full orthodontic treatment will last between 18 and 30 months. Limited cases may only last 6 to 12 months. Treatment time will also depend heavily on your cooperation with appliances and appointments.

Types of Treatment

Dr. Franz is an Invisalign Certified provider, and we offer both Invisalign and nearly invisible ceramic braces as well as traditional metal braces. The final treatment decision will be decided by both your treatment needs and personal esthetic choices.

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Kids

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check-up by an orthodontist by age 7, because there are some children that may benefit from early intervention. By this age, most children have a mix of baby (primary) and adult (permanent) teeth.

Orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. The advantage for patients of early detection of orthodontic problems is that some problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult. While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that is comforting news.

Length of Treatment

Each case is unique, and Dr. Franz will be pleased to provide you with an estimated treatment length at your initial consultation appointment. On average, first phase orthodontic treatment will last between 12 and 18 months, and comprehensive treatment will last between 18 and 30 months. Treatment time will also depend heavily on your cooperation with appliances and appointments.

Types of Treatment

  • Palatal Expander: If the upper jaw is too narrow for the upper teeth to fit properly with the lower teeth (a crossbite), a palatal expander may be necessary to expand the width of the upper jaw. For some patients, a wider jaw may prevent the need for extraction of permanent teeth by creating more space for them.
  • Functional appliance: This appliance holds the lower jaw forward and guides eruption of the teeth into a more desirable bite while helping the upper and lower jaws to grow in proportion to each other.
  • Space maintainer/Lower Lingual Holding Arch: Baby molar teeth, also known as primary molar teeth, hold needed space for permanent teeth that will come in later. When a baby molar tooth is lost, an orthodontic device with a fixed wire is usually put between or behind the teeth to hold the space for the permanent teeth to erupt in the proper positions.