Our Treatment is performed by our team with years of experience and we are passionate about making you smile.
When there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate. Crowding can make brushing and flossing difficult, which in turn can lead to cavities, gum disease, and bone loss.
Gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth. The most common complaint from those with excessive space is poor appearance, but the health of the gums can be compromised and bone loss may occur if space persists for long periods of time because food and bacteria have a tendency to get lodged in the spaces.
Deepbite or Overbite -upper teeth overlap lower teeth; higher chance of wearing teeth, often clenchers and grinders.
Upper and lower front teeth do not meet resulting in space between them. This can be caused by prolonged thumb sucking, and then perpetuated by the presence of the tongue resting or thrusting between the teeth.
Underbite-lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth. This happens when the lower jaw grows at a faster rate than the upper jaw. It is very important to monitor growth in these situations.
Crossbite – There are two types of crossbites: front and back. A front crossbite occurs when one or more upper teeth are behind one or more lower teeth. A front crossbite can be a result of bad habits such as nail biting or pen biting, trauma, or even losing a baby tooth too early. A back crossbite occurs when the upper teeth are on the inside of the lower teeth, in the back. When this occurs, the patient will usually compensate by moving the lower jaw to one side. If this persists, it can lead to permanent changes in the face and jaws.
you can still rock that traditional metal smile? except these days, brackets are smaller and wires are more high tech!
we also offer Empower self-ligating brackets, meaning they have a ‘little door’ that the wire ‘snaps’ into, cutting down your appointment times and making it much easier to keep your braces clean.
They work similar to traditional metal braces, but the brackets and wires are ‘clear’ and therefore less visible.
Metal brackets and wires that go behind your teeth.
a series of custom-made, clear aligners created specifically for you based on 3D images of your mouth. Made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic- Simply wear the aligners throughout the day, about 22 hours, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth.
The PROPEL System is a simple three step in-office procedure that can be performed in minutes by Doc Ak. The PROPEL System uses a university research backed, patented process called Alveocentesis to stimulate alveolar bone in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, allowing the teeth to move up to 60% faster.
A simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for up to 50% faster orthodontic treatment with only 20 minutes daily use. Cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available only by prescription from an orthodontist, like Doc Ak, AcceleDent patients have reported reduced discomfort with their orthodontics.
Parents often wonder, “Does my child need braces?” or “When should my child be seen by the orthodontist?” The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child be evaluated by an orthodontist no later than age 7. Often orthodontic problems are easier to correct when detected early because jaw and palate growth are more malleable. Early treatment may also mean that your child may avoid permanent teeth extractions, surgery or other significant adjustments later on.
Although an early checkup before age 7 allows us to establish when your child should be treated and often allow us to begin treatment that maximizes the growth potential of your child’s mouth, it’s never too late to be evaluated and to begin treatment. Often times, full orthodontic treatment will generally begin after all the baby teeth have fallen out and permanent teeth have come in, usually around age 12 or 13. Many of your child’s friends may have braces, and so he or she may want them, too- you know, because it’s the cool thing to have. We want your child to love their smile because it builds confidence and self-esteem, not to just go along with the norm. We will always be honest and upfront about what treatment is necessary and whether your child is a strong candidate for it.
Sometimes adults wonder, “Am I too old for braces?” And the answer is, Nope! It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Doc Ak loves treating patients of all ages. His oldest patient was 80 years old! These days adult patients have more orthodontic options than ever from Invisalign (clear aligners) to lingual braces (braces behind the teeth). Even traditional braces offer clear or tooth colored brackets, as well as thin or tooth-colored wires. Gone is the ‘metal mouth’ or ‘train tracks’ look that you may have associated with braces as a teenager. Also, many recent innovations ensure that treatment time is significantly reduced- getting you faster to that gorgeous smile than you thought possible! More reason to SmileOn!
digital x-rays and photos of your teeth are taken to assess your orthodontic needs and you meet with Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage to discuss your orthodontic options. This appointment is about 1 hour long
Brackets, wires, appliances and/or rubber bands are fitted to your teeth and you are taught how to care for your braces. This process takes approx. 1-2 hours
You will need to have your braces ‘adjusted’ every 4-6 weeks. These appointments typically take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes.
At your last appointment, brackets and wires are removed to reveal your beautiful, new smile and we throw you a little party in our SmileOn office.
After your braces come off, we believe in ‘nighttime for a lifetime’- wear your retainer every night to ensure that your teeth remember their new positions and your smile looks as beautiful as the day Doc Ak removed your braces.
You meet with Doc Ak to discuss your case in detail and determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. If Invisalign is right for you, the SmileOntourage will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your mouth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D images. From these images, Doc Ak will map out a specific treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Doc Ak will even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of your treatment.
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic- Simply wear them throughout the day, about 20-22 hours, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have checkups with Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage, usually about every six weeks or so to make sure your progress is on track.
At your last appointment, Doc Ak and you take a look at your beautiful, new smile and we throw you a little party in our SmileOn office.
After your treatment, we believe in ‘nighttime for a lifetime’- wear your retainer every night to ensure that your teeth remember their new positions and your smile looks as beautiful as the day Doc Ak removed your braces.
Although orthodontic emergencies are extremely rare, if they do occur, we are always here for you. Always call the office if you are experiencing severe pain or if you cannot resolve a problem by yourself. Below is a list of things that may occur on occasion, along with some remedies in case they do.
For the first few days after you get your braces in and after you have routine adjustments done, you may feel some discomfort and soreness. It always passes! But, in the meantime, we recommend that you take meds that you would normally take for a headache such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) if you are not allergic to these drugs. For an open sore, you can rinse with warm salt water to soothe the area.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! For teeth to move into the right position they must first become slightly loosened. Braces and wires put the appropriate pressure on your teeth to make that happen. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
Sometimes a wire can cause irritation. You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon, cotton swab or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, please call our office for an appointment.
If a bracket (aka brace) comes loose from a tooth, it will usually remain connected to the wire and is not cause for an emergency visit. If it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation, tweezers can be used to reposition the brace around the wire. Call our office at your earliest convenience, so that we may schedule a separate visit to repair the loose bracket because these types of repairs usually take additional time.
If you have a Loose Expander / Appliance or Trauma to the Mouth, please contact us immediately so that we may schedule an immediate appointment to fix it.
One of the most common questions people often think when considering braces is “How much will it cost?” If you Google that question, you’ll see a wide variety of answers because it really depends on tons of factors.
At SmileOn Orthodontics, we never want finances to be the obstacle that stands in the way of one of our patients obtaining the gorgeous smile they deserve. To that end, we offer affordable and exceptional treatment that fits your budget. Once Doc Ak reviews his treatment recommendation with you at your complimentary SmileOn consultation, our treatment coordinator will discuss treatment fees with you and all the elements it includes. We believe that this process should be clear and transparent- no hidden costs or surprises! We offer interest-free payment plans, financing options, and discounts. We offer the convenience of paying by flexible spending accounts, credit card payment, and bank drafts. Obtaining the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted should be an exciting, rewarding experience!
The list below includes all of the insurances we accept. As you can see, it’s pretty extensive! Often insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit that is separate from standard dental coverage. If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the advantage of reduced personal costs. Woohoo! Insurance benefits vary from plan to plan and a member of the SmileOntourage is here to help- from accepting and filing your insurance assignment on your behalf to making sure you receive the maximum coverage. No stress so you can SmileOn!
1. Foods to avoid
In order to take awesome care of your braces, you want to avoid any foods that are sticky, chewy, gooey or really hard- this includes but is not limited to gummy bears, Now and Laters, caramel, Jolly Ranchers, hard pretzels, pizza crust. The rule of thumb is that you don’t want to bite into anything harder than a banana with your front teeth. Cut food into smaller pieces and chew with your back teeth.
2. Foods you can eat
What’s good for the rest of your body is also good for your teeth. We encourage you to eat healthy foods like apples and carrots (just remember to cut them into small pieces). Meats are ok too, just not off the bone. Try to eat well-balanced meals and snacks for a keen mind, strong body and a beautiful smile!
Game, Set, Match – we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! We strongly encourage a mouthguard to be worn during all interactive sports activities. Sports related injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. Talk to Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage so that they can hook you up with the proper mouthguard!
At a minimum, we ask our patients to brush 3 times a day (and ideally after every meal) for at least 2 minutes for optimum gums and teeth health. We’re in this together and we’ll work as a team. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.
Flossing is vital to healthy gums and teeth. We ask that our patients floss at least once a day. We recommend Superfloss to make the process easier. Alongside brushing, if food becomes stuck between your teeth, use your Waterpik or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by Doc Ak. You will want to keep your orthodontic appliances clean by brushing them each time you brush your teeth. Remember to take out removable appliance when you eat, go swimming in a lake or ocean, play sports, or any situation in which it may break or become lost. Never wrap your appliance in a napkin – It may accidentally get thrown out and no one wants to go dumpster diving!