Braces 101

Traditional Braces

braces orthodontics phoenixTypically when people think of orthodontics, they envision traditional braces similar to the ones most people had as children. Metal brackets are bonded to the teeth and the brackets are joined with wire that, when adjusted over time, provides pressure on the teeth. Eventually the teeth settle into their new positions. This type of orthodontic treatment has been popular over the years because it remains highly effective and the effects are usually permanent.

Customize your braces

Invisible Braces

If you are seeking an alternative to traditional metal braces, invisible braces may be an option. These aligners are made out of smooth, comfortable and clear plastic making them "almost invisible". Instead of mounting brackets to your teeth, custom-fitted aligners are worn all the time except when you are eating or brushing. Every two weeks or so, a new set of aligners will be worn moving your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

Dr. Lepetich can help you decide which type of braces offers the best outcome for your child's specific situation. Regardless of which technique is used, the idea behind orthodontic correction is the same: pressure applied slowly over a period of time encourages teeth to move into a more aligned formation.

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Beginning Thursday, March 19th and continuing until further notice, Children’s Dental Village will be incorporating restrictions on non-essential and non-emergent patient care. If your child is currently scheduled for a routine cleaning, a member of our team will reach out to you to reschedule.

We do not take this decision lightly and want to reassure our families thatwe will be available for all dental emergencies as always. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency please call the office and follow the prompts to be connected with the doctor on call.

We regret that we must restrict our patient care, but are serving our patients in the safest manner possible by following the advice of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under these difficult circumstances. In doing so, we will safeguard the health and safety of our patients, our care providers, and the whole community. We hope you understand, and we thank you for your cooperation.