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Braces and Advanced Indirect Bonding

At Wardlaw Orthodontics, we are constantly striving to provide orthodontic care that is efficient, effective and comfortable. One of our systems that sets us apart from other orthodontic practices is our use of the “Indirect Bonding” method of applying braces to the teeth. This method, used by only 20% of orthodontists in the country, allows us to attain a beautiful orthodontic result in less time and with fewer visits necessary.

Much of the work placing your braces is done on a model of your teeth before your placement appointment. Dr. Wardlaw measures and marks where the braces are to be placed on the model. The braces are then precisely placed and a clear tray is fabricated to transfer them to your teeth at the placement appointment. This system is more accurate than traditional placement, plus it makes the process easier and more comfortable for you!

We offer traditional metal braces as well as ceramic braces, and we always choose smaller, more comfortable, and less invasive brackets to make your braces experience as smooth as possible.

“Clearly Different” Clarity Braces

We are proud to offer Clarity™ braces! These brackets are small, smooth, and rounded, enhancing patient comfort. They are made of ceramic, and translucent in appearance, making them less noticeable as well. Braces no longer have to stand out in order to deliver a beautiful result!

Invisalign

Invisalign™ clear aligners are a great treatment option for many individuals. They offer a very discreet alternative to traditional braces, avoiding many of the food limitations and hygiene difficulties of traditional treatment, since Invisalign™ aligners are removable. However, patient compliance becomes more important when the treatment method is easily removed, and Invisalign™ only works for patients that will be responsible and wear their aligners as directed.

Invisalign™ treatment consists of anywhere from 12 to 48 aligners, usually worn for one week at a time. As you move from one aligner to the next as dictated by Dr. Wardlaw, your teeth will gradually shift to their optimal position.

“Clearly Different” Clarity Braces

We are proud to offer Clarity™ braces! These brackets are small, smooth, and rounded, enhancing patient comfort. They are made of ceramic, and translucent in appearance, making them less noticeable as well. Braces no longer have to stand out in order to deliver a beautiful result!
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Helpful Articles

By Dr. Regan 22 Mar, 2017

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

By Dr. Regan 22 Mar, 2017
You already know that maintaining good oral hygiene is important for everyone — but when you're having orthodontic treatment, it's even more critical. Why? Because, while the appliances (such as braces or clear aligners) you may need to wear during treatment are very effective in correcting misaligned teeth, they can also trap food particles easily. Keeping your teeth (and your appliances) clean is a little harder — but you can do it! Here's a look at why good oral hygiene is so important during orthodontic treatment, and some tips on how you can keep it up.

The major enemy of oral health is plaque. Food that becomes trapped near tooth surfaces can lead to the formation of plaque — a thin coating of microorganisms and organic debris (biofilm) containing potentially harmful bacteria. Braces or other appliances make it harder to remove plaque. The bacteria in plaque digest the sugars in food, producing acids which may erode teeth and irritate gums. This can cause cavities, white spots on teeth, gum disease and bad breath.

Keeping plaque under control is one of the most effective means of maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums. There are three general ways to do it: through diet, daily maintenance, and regular professional care. Taken all together, they're your teeth's best defense.

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