As you may already know, straight teeth and proper bite alignment has been shown to not only improve your oral health, but improve your self-esteem, enhance the quality of your relationships and your success at school and work. There are several different types of orthodontic appliances that Drs. James and Robert Passamano offer in our office. Below you can learn about the different types of orthodontic options:
|Metal Braces||These braces are stainless steel. They are the most popular braces for children and teenagers. Different colors give each our patients a custom look. We change the colors at each appointment! One reason these braces are so popular is that they are smaller and more comfortable than ever before.|
|Invisalign||Invisalign Orthodontics is a nearly invisible and removable method to correct your teeth. The Invisalign trays are custom designed for you to be comfortable with no metal, which means you spend less time in the orthodontist’s office getting adjustments. They are removable, which means you can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment and floss too!
Drs. James and Robert Passamano are the highest Invisalign level providers in North America achieving the level of Elite level for the past 5 years. We are Irvine's only Digital Invisalign Office.
|Invisalign Teen||Thinking about braces? Think again … Invisalign Teen takes a modern approach to straightening teeth without metal braces. With a series of clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth over time, Invisalign Teen is comfortable, affordable and effective. And without brackets and wires, you’ll have the confidence of a great smile even during treatment.|
|Ceramic Braces||Translucent, clear braces: These are the “prettiest” braces. Their big advantage is that they are less noticeable.They are made out of a clear ceramic that does not stain Because they are ceramic, though, they may break more easily than steel braces. Translucent braces are used only on the front teeth. They accompany steel braces on back teeth and most lower teeth for added strength.|
|Surgical Orthodontics||Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but in some cases, surgical orthodontics may be needed to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe (Sleep Apnea). Braces and (now) Invisalign are worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery. In 2013, we became one of the first Invisalign doctors in California to offer Invisalign Orthodontics in conjunction with Orthongnathic Surgery.
Orthodontics for Children
Dr. Passamano recommends seeing children between 7-8 years of age to determine if early interceptive orthodontic treatment is beneficial. Early treatment provides the opportunity to improve the growth of the jaws, to achieve a better facial balance and to guide incoming teeth. This interceptive treatment creates room for crowded erupting teeth, gains space for permanent teeth and minimizes the need for future extractions. It also reduces the likelihood of impacted teeth and reduces adverse oral habits such as thumb sucking. Not all children will benefit from early treatment. Some children will benefit from orthodontic treatment when most of their permanent teeth are present, or when 2-3 baby teeth are still present. As certain facial bones can start to fuse together, Drs. Passamano should see your child by age 13. Schedule an appointment so that Drs. Passamano can examine your child’s dental development.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Many of our patients are adults. A person’s self-esteem and appearance can be enhanced by orthodontic treatment. There are many treatment options such as mini metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign clear aligner tray orthodontics. It is never too late to improve your smile!