in Hamden, CT
We specialize in Orthodontics. Braces are used to assist in aligning and straightening teeth in order to not only improve appearance, but to also improve a person’s bite. Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusions, overbites, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and other imperfections of the teeth and jaws. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
Dental technology has improved over the years to include new options to help correct the above issues, and there are a number of techniques and products available that were not available just a few short years ago. The patient experience has improved and today’s options are less conspicuous than the full braces that were common in the past.
Your visit will begin with a consultation with the doctor to go over the best alternatives for your orthodontic care. Dr. Kim and Dr. Desai will address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will provide a plan for orthodontic therapy.
The Right Age for Treatment
Following the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Kim and Dr. Desai recommend that every child see an orthodontist as early as age seven, or even earlier if a problem is discovered either by a parent or a family dentist.
No two orthodontic patients are alike, so there is no specific age defined as the best to begin treatment. Not always necessary, interceptive treatment will be recommended if deemed beneficial to your child. With early diagnosis and treatment, smaller problems can be corrected before becoming larger problems in need of more extensive treatment. Our goal for every patient is to reduce or eliminate treatment time in full braces and to provide the best results possible. Our initial exams are always complimentary in an attempt to assist patients in receiving treatment necessary for long lasting oral health.
Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Did you know that this isn’t the case with braces? Most braces are generic and don’t take into account the complexity of an individual’s particular needs. Now, thanks to Insignia Advanced Smile Design, you get state-of-the-art treatment that’s 100% customized to your specific prescription.
With Insignia®, Dr. Kim and Dr. Desai use special software to create a customized treatment plan for each individual patient. Insignia® helps give every patient an optimal occlusion and smile arc specifically proportioned to their unique facial features.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
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Once treatment is complete, a retainer is worn for a period of time, usually just at night. The retainer helps maintain the new smile and also allows for small adjustments, if needed, once the braces have been removed.