Browse our FAQ page to learn more about orthodontics in Thornton! If you have any additional questions, please contact Shine Orthodontics at 303-452-7777. Our team will be happy to provide more information or help you schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Brandon Scheer.
Who is a good candidate for orthodontic treatment?
What is an orthodontist?
What is orthodontics?
What are braces?
Braces are fixed orthodontic appliances, meaning they’re bonded to the teeth. They’re used to align the teeth and bite. The types of braces we offer at Shine Orthodontics include:
- Metal braces
- Clear braces
- Lingual braces (braces hidden on the back of your teeth)
In addition to braces, some patients may need auxiliary appliances when there is a significant enough discrepancy in the shape of the jaws.
How do braces work?
What is Invisalign® and how does it work?
Is Invisalign® treatment a good choice for me?
How does Invisalign® treatment work?
Shine Orthodontics uses the latest technology of 3D scanning to get a digital impression of your teeth, and Dr. Scheer then uses that to plan your treatment. Extreme care is given to the final prescribed position of the teeth, as well as the feasibility of how they are moved. After the case has been designed, you will get a series of custom aligners to wear for about one week each. Each set of aligners will move the teeth a little closer to their final position.
Visiting an orthodontist for care is an absolute must for this mode of treatment, because failure to take into account all aspects of how the teeth are moving relative to each other, and failure to consider the inherent limitations of using plastic to move teeth, will result in an appliance that does not work well.
Dr. Scheer is an advanced Thornton Invisalign provider and has completed the company’s Orthodontic Masters Program, available to only orthodontists, as well as the company’s Advanced Orthodontic Masters Program, which is only available to a select few orthodontists. He has the skill and knowledge to design a system of tooth movements for you that will deliver an exceptional smile, and a healthy bite.
How do lingual braces work?
Do braces hurt?
What is the best age to start orthodontic treatment?
Why are some people starting braces at a much younger age than others?
Typically, the amount of time wearing braces, whether doing a Phase 1 followed by Phase 2 or just doing one comprehensive treatment, will be about the same. The advantage of breaking up treatment into two halves like this is you can fix a bad growth pattern of the jaws early and allow future growth to normalize. In certain cases, two phases of treatment can prevent the need for surgery or extractions down the road.
What are the reasons to do Phase 1 orthodontic treatment rather than wait?
Will braces interfere with school activities, such as playing an instrument, singing or sports?
How will braces affect the health of my teeth and gums?
Once your braces come off, however, the health of your teeth and gums will be greatly improved because straight teeth are easier to effectively brush and floss.
What is TMJ/TMD?
What about airway and breathing problems?
At Shine Orthodontics, every patient is screened for airway and breathing problems. If a problem is detected, or if you suspect that you or your child may have this problem, then our orthodontist will be a part of your team to help fix it. Dr. Scheer can expand your upper jaw, which will allow better breathing through the nose and help change the position in which the tongue rests inside your mouth. We may also make you an appliance to wear at night to help you breathe easier. Ultimately, though, you will want to see a sleep medicine specialist to manage your care. We’ll help point you in the right direction.
What to Expect from Shine Orthodontics
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