every smile starts with an initial consultation!
Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. During your initial consultation, we will:
- Examine your facial profile, your teeth, and your type of bite.
- Review your orthodontic problem, recommend treatment options, and suggest appropriate timing of your treatment.
- Discuss all financial information, insurance options and payment plans.
Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all of the information that you need to determine which treatment is right for you. Please contact our practice to schedule your initial consultation or conveniently schedule online.
The examination appointment usually lasts 30 minutes and there is no charge for this appointment.
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Orthodontic treatment is a specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. Orthodontic problems must be diagnosed before treatment can begin. Certain problems can be a result of genetic and environmental factors. Orthodontic treatments are highly successful and with today’s technology can offer more options than ever before.
Dr. Gracie Sturdivant has extensive training in correcting all orthodontic irregularities. In addition to providing to providing braces, Dr. Sturdivant is an Invisalign and Invisalign Teen provider and can also straighten your teeth without braces.
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Why Choose Us?
We are an orthodontic specialty practice devoted to creating an exceptional smile using state-of-the-art procedures.
A standard of excellence in personalized care enables us to provide the quality orthodontic services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and utilize the latest technology to achieve optimal results. Should an emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible..
We are a progressive practice that offers all of the latest orthodontic methods to enhance your smile. Among them are pre-angulated mini brackets, clear sapphire brackets, Invisalign, palatal expanders, space maintainers, removable spring aligners, habit breakers, night guards, and retainers.
Infection control in our office is very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
As your orthodontic health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. we pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. to give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. we attend orthodontic lectures, meetings, and conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern orthodontic office can utilize to provide state-of- the-art care. also, being members of various professional associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.
Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success.
We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their orthodontic visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
We thank you for allowing us to take care of your orthodontic needs and look forward to serving you.
Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.
Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which in many cases leads to poor self esteem and a lack of self confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
• Reduction in general tooth decay
• Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
• Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
• Reduction in digestive disorders
Fortunately, orthodontic braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient for adults as well as children. There are now a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic devices available, depending on the precise classification of the malocclusion.
The most common types of malocclusion are underbite (lower teeth protrude further than upper teeth), overbite (upper teeth protrude further than lower teeth) and overcrowding, where there is insufficient space on the arches to accommodate the full complement of adult teeth.
Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque and tooth decay. Orthodontic braces can greatly exacerbate any or all of these conditions.
What are the main types of orthodontic braces?
The following are some of the most popular orthodontic braces:
• Traditional braces – These braces are strong and tend not to stain the teeth. They are comprised of individual brackets which are cemented to each tooth and accompanied by an archwire which constantly asserts gentle pressure on the teeth. Traditional braces are generally metal but are also available in a clear synthetic material and “tooth colored” ceramic. The ceramic brackets are generally more comfortable than the metal alternative, but can become discolored by coffee, wine, smoking and certain foods.
• Invisalign® – Invisalign aligners are favored by many adults because they are both removable and invisible to onlookers. Invisalign® aligners are clear trays, and should be worn for the recommended amount of time each day for the quickest results. Invisalign® aligners are more comfortable and less obtrusive than traditional braces, but also tend to be more costly. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign®.
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