Solace Dental Urbandale IA

(515) 412-4200
Urbandale, IA 50323

Dentistry Urbandale IA

Orthodontics

Orthodontics Dentist Urbandale IA

Engineering Straighter Teeth with Traditional Orthodontics

Traditional orthodontics typically involve the use of metal or possibly ceramic braces. Steady, gentle pressure in the direction of desired change will reposition teeth over time. Here’s how they work: Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are bonded to the teeth. A thin metal wire known as an archwire connects to each bracket. Using tension, the archwire places pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to hold the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are necessary, archwires of various diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are changed.

Conventional braces allow Dr. Skinner to exert more control over how your teeth are straightened. More complex corrections can be made using this technique. Because this type of braces can’t be easily removed and are constantly monitored, there is less risk of problems caused from failure to wear the proper aligner for the appropriate length of time. In general, braces are worn for two to two-and-a-half years. However, everyone requires a unique amount of correction and the time needed varies by patient.

Orthodontics for Children Urbandale IA

Early Prevention…or Braces Later

Many of us remember the embarrassment and discomfort of wearing braces as a child. In some cases, this is necessary to correct serious malocclusion (or bite disorder). However, in many cases, early treatment by a knowledgeable dentist can minimize the extent of orthodontics or possibly eliminate the need completely.

Younger children have the advantage of growth on their side, and their teeth and bones are more pliable than those of adults. Catching a child’s malocclusion at an early age can be beneficial to how the permanent teeth come together. The earlier these issues are detected, the more planning and prevention we can offer to your child.

Using the latest techniques, the team at Solace Dental can now make braces more comfortable and attractive than in the past. It used to be that a child or adult might spend 3 to 5 years in treatment. It’s not that way anymore! The time needed for treatment will vary from patient to patient, but usually can be completed in 6 - 24 months or less.


Several Ways to Get a Straight Smile – Fast!

Clear Aligners

Invisaling ClearCorrect Dentist Urbandale IAWe offer both Invisalign™ and ClearCorrect™ invisible aligners, as well as our own clear aligners that can be printed in the office in a couple of hours! These are innovative solutions that allow you to have a straighter smile in as little as 9 - 15 months. These aligners can be used to correct overcrowding, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Treatment involves replacing the clear custom-made aligners approximately every two weeks, and no metal or wires means fewer dental visits. Clear aligners gently move your teeth into a straighter position incrementally, until you have a more beautiful smile. No braces, wires, or headgear mean no mouth irritation. And even better, no one will know you’re straightening your teeth, because they’re invisible! The clear aligners are easy to remove so you can not only eat and drink as usual while in treatment, you can easily brush and floss.


Rapid Braces

Rapid Braces Dentist Urbandale IAThis option uses a revolutionary technique to move only the teeth visible in the front of your smile. The gentle but accelerated technique can eliminate gaps, crowding, and overlapping in only six months or even less! Another advantage is how discreet they are. The brackets are clear, and the clear or white-colored wires are hardly visible. Even though this process is fast, the method uses a low force that increases your comfort. The short treatment time also allows for better hygiene and the chance for an even cleaner look when completed. To top it off? Rapid Braces are often more affordable than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers. Say hello to gorgeous, straight teeth in a matter of months!


Oral Appliance

Inman Aligner Urbandale IAWe also offer an oral appliance called the Inman Aligner™. This appliance is much like a retainer that is easy to remove and allows you to eat and drink what you want while in treatment, and brushing and flossing are no problem! With this affordable option, it is possible to straighten the teeth in the front of your mouth in three months or less!


Are you ready for the smile of your dreams? We can schedule a complimentary orthodontics consultation to find out the best orthodontic treatment for you. Call (515) 412-4200 now.