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What Technology & Services Do We Offer?

Types of Braces

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Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are made from stainless steel. The archwires guide teeth into place. Patients can choose from a wide selection of colorful ties for their braces.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Invisalign®

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The Straightest Way to a Great Smile

Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.

Clearly Different

The Invisalign system combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by Dr. Wilmot. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners – as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually – week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!

To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist, like Dr. Wilmot, who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign aligners. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only Dr. Wilmot can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you.

To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, call us at (770) 921-2233 to make an initial appointment.

Invisalign®

Invisalign Teen®

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Now teens don’t have to worry about embarrassing metal braces in their yearbook photos or Facebook profiles – introducing Invisalign Teen®! Invisalign Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. You can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth, and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

We went to leading orthodontists, parents and teens themselves to custom-design an Invisalign system just right for the dental needs of teenagers. With blue-to-clear color-changing aligners to show how long each aligner has been worn, six free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, and other changes designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today's teens' busy lifestyles!

What is Invisalign Teen?

  • A clear way to straighten your teeth without braces.

  • Series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners.

  • Uses no metal wires or brackets.

  • Custom-made for comfort.

How does Invisalign Teen work?

  • Wear each set of aligners for about two weeks.

  • Remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss.

  • Your teeth will move gradually each week.

  • Visit us every 6 weeks.

  • Total treatment time averages 6-15 months.

  • Average number of aligners is between 18 and 30. 

What conditions does Invisalign Teen treat?

By using its advanced technology, Invisalign Teen can treat a broad range of dental and orthodontic conditions, which, in the past, were usually treated with traditional braces.

  • These conditions include:

  • Overly crowded teeth

  • Widely spaced teeth

  • Crossbite

  • Overbite

  • Underbite

Invisalign Teen®
Soft-Tissue Laser

Soft-Tissue Laser

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Our office is pleased to offer this state-of-the-art technology to our patients. Soft tissue lasers are used to painlessly remove gum tissue. Advantages of using the laser include fast and precise removal of tissue; painless procedure which does not require injections; more sterile because the laser tip sterilizes itself during use; and quicker post-operative healing.

The soft-tissue laser procedures include:

  • Exposure of slowly erupting teeth

  • Removal of excessive gum tissue for better oral health and appearance

  • Ulcer pain relief

Dr. Wilmot has completed all necessary requirements pertaining to physics, safety and regulatory guidelines and clinical applications for the Diode Laser to earn her Associate Fellowship within the World Clinical Laser Institute.

Patient Testimonial

"Seems like it's been forever for my canines to come in, until Dr. Janice came up with the bright idea of laser surgery. No tears! No pain! No complaints! Now my smile is bigger and better. Thanks Dr. Janice!"
– B. Fowler

Headgear

Headgear

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Headgear is a general name for a type of appliance that creates special force for guiding the growth of your face and jaws. Headgear is also used to move your teeth into better position or to prevent them from moving when they're not supposed to.

At first, your headgear may look a little strange to you, and it will seem a little awkward. But it's a necessary part of your orthodontic treatment. Rest assured the healthy, beautiful smile that will be yours for a lifetime will be well worth the effort you make now.

To get the best results from your headgear, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Make sure to wear your headgear as directed. It only works when you wear it!

  • Always closely follow the instructions for wearing your headgear. If you do, you'll finish this part of your treatment as quickly as possible and with the best results.

  • Always be careful and remove your headgear as you were taught.

  • Be sure to remove your headgear before you begin running or playing sports, including rough-and-tumble games. Accidents can happen even when you're just having fun.

  • Be careful to prevent anyone from grabbing or pulling on your headgear. Do not wear headgear in situations where there is a chance that it could be pulled off or pulled out of place.

  • Take your headgear with you to every appointment.

We will give you instructions on the care and cleaning of your headgear. To keep the appliance working as it should, be sure to follow those instructions carefully.

Your teeth may be tender or even slightly loose the first few days you wear your headgear. This tenderness is normal and will disappear as you adjust to this new part of your treatment. If you continue to be uncomfortable for more than a few days, be sure to let our team know.

To view our education video on the care and use of your Headgear, please click here.

Mouthguard

Mouthguards

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The use of a mouthguard is recommended during any sport or activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth as well as injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. There is also some evidence to suggest that mouthguard use could reduce the risk of concussion caused by sport related trauma.

  • The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) estimates that more than 3 million teeth were knocked out during youth sporting events in 2011.

  • The NYSSF also calculated that athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to sustain damage to their teeth.

  • The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year.

 

Unlike some other types of mouthguards, a custom fit mouthguard will stay in place, making it comfortable for the athlete to talk and breathe. If you are interested in a custom mouthguard, please contact our office. Athletes of all ages welcome!

Orthodontic Appliances

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Archwire

A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.

Band

A metal ring that is usually placed on your teeth to hold on parts of your braces.

Brackets

Brackets are the small metal or ceramic modules attached to each tooth. They serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the archwire in place.

Buccal Tube

A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band. The buccal tube is a slot to hold archwires, lip bumpers, facebows and other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth.

Chain

A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to move teeth.

Elastics

Elastics or rubber bands help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. These orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw. They are also useful for moving a tooth out of alignment or to close a space in the mouth.

Elastic Tie

A small plastic piece, shaped like a donut, which is used to hold the archwires in the brackets on your teeth.

Essix Retainer

Clear retainers that are utilized to hold teeth in position similar to that of a traditional retainer. They are less visible than traditional wire and acrylic retainer.

Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely.

Forsus

A forsus appliance is used to correct a class II bite by pushing the lower teeth forward and the upper teeth backward. Unlike rubber bands, this appliance is not removable.

Habit Appliance

This simple device given to address severe thumb/finger sucking habit. It involves using a wire crib attached to two back braces.

Hawley Retainer

An appliance that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer fits over your upper and / or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position while the bone around your teeth stabilizes. At first, you wear the retainer 12 hours a day, only at night.

Herbst Appliance

An Herbst appliance is a fixed appliance with pistons and bands which are cemented to the back teeth. Pistons force the lower jaw forward retraining the bite in cases where upper molars are in a position forward of the lower molars, thus correcting a Class II problem.

Lingual Arch

A lingual arch is an orthodontic device which connects two molars in the upper or lower dental arch.

Nance

The Nance button is utilized to hold the upper molar teeth in position while allowing for the movement of other teeth. The impact of the button on the lower palate creates a force on the back molars.

Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)

A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together better.

Quad Helix

A Quad Helix (or quadhelix) is an orthodontic appliance for the upper teeth that is cemented in the mouth. It is attached to the molars by 2 bands and has two or four active helix springs that widen the arch of the mouth to make room for crowded teeth, or correct a posterior cross-bite, where lower teeth are buccal (outer) to the upper teeth.

Schwarz

A functional appliance used to expand the upper or lower dental arches. It is adjusted daily as instructed until the arch has been widened enough, and is then left in place for a period of time to allow for stabilization of the widened arch.

Separators

Separators are tiny rubber bands or springs that your orthodontist places between your back teeth. These separators prepare your mouth for braces by creating a small gap between these teeth. This space allows for the placement of a metal band around your molar, which anchors your braces in your mouth.

Spring Retainer

An appliance that can be used on both arches for minor rotation and correction of anterior alignment.

Orthodontic Appliances
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