- The head of our team is Dr. Lateefah Washington, who grew up in NYC. After completing her BA in Cornell University, she went on to the New Jersey Dental School where she graduated in the Top 10 of her class and was inducted into the OKU Dental Honor Society.
- Dr. Washington then completed her MS and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in the top 5 of her class. She’s a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southwestern Association of Orthodontist, and the Texas Dental Association. She has been recognized as a Top Orthodontist by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and has been featured in Voyage Dallas magazine.
- Dr. Washington has worked as an orthodontist for 10 years, making her a highly qualified and experienced orthodontist. She has treated more than a thousand orthodontic patients!
- Our office is open before school and after work.
- Our staff has over 30 years of combined orthodontic experience.
- We are not a chain. Thus we do not have a high turnover of doctors or staff members. Our doctor is only at one location thus you do not need to travel miles out of your way if you had an emergency to see your doctor.
- Our office provides orthodontic services for all ages. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have their initial orthodontic evaluation before they turn 7 years old.
- Our innovative techniques and state-of-the-art dental equipment ensure reduced patient discomfort, minimal anxiety and shorter treatment times. We make every effort to provide convenient appointment times that fit your busy schedule.
- We offer invisible braces and behind the teeth braces to help patients feel less self-conscious about wearing braces. We also offer accelerated orthodontics that can reduce treatment time to under 6 months.
- We also offer mouth guards for sports and mouth guards that keep you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
- Our goal is to make your visit an anxiety-free experience. We have Zen-like murals on the walls and comfy chairs with armrests in our lobby. Ahh…relax and enjoy!
- On arrival, you’ll meet Chelsea at the front desk. Chelsea is our financial and treatment coordinator and always enjoys helping with any concerns and questions you may have.
- Finally, we have a well-furnished sterilization area to make sure that all the tools we use are sterile and clean.
- You’re not the only adult who’ll be wearing braces. Braces have become quite common, and in some circles, it’s actually a rather trendy practice. Nowadays about a million adults in the US and Canada are sporting braces.
- Celebrities are using them too. Tom Cruise had ceramic braces at the age of 40. Country superstar Faith Hill wore them when she sashayed on the red carpet at the 2013 Grammys, and she looked gorgeous even though she had braces at 45 years of age!
- Braces are not all that conspicuous. We’ve all seen the movies with awkward kids wearing braces, but that won’t happen to you. That’s because the latest technology uses less conspicuous bands and brackets that are minuscule. In addition, you can select “invisible” braces that are virtually unnoticeable.
- They’re affordable. As an adult, you’re likely to have dental insurance that can cover the cost. Even without insurance, many dentists offer flexible payment plans that can help fit your budget.
- Braces keep your teeth straight. Adults may have crooked teeth due to health issues, sports injuries, or even just natural growth. Braces will move the teeth back to their proper position.
- It improves the way you chew. If you’re having trouble biting into or chewing food, braces can solve the problem by fixing your bite. This will enhance your dining experience and boost your interest in food.
- It improves the quality of your smile. Having a better smile seems like a small thing but has a large effect on your whole life. A better smile can make you look friendlier and more approachable which enhances your social life to a considerable degree. You’ll find that parties are somehow more fun as you meet new people, and first dates tend to become more pleasurable.
- 8. It boosts your self-confidence. When you know you look better and you feel better because your teeth are straighter, you can’t help but feel more confident about yourself.
- Teeth are improperly aligned
- Constant biting of the tongue and/or inner cheeks
- Difficulty or discomfort biting or chewing
- Speech problems
- Mouth breathing
- Changes in the appearance or shape of the face
- Chronic thumb-sucking in early childhood
- Injuries that affect the jaw
- Impacted teeth
- Abnormally shaped teeth
- Mouth or jaw tumors
- Prolonged bottle-feeding
- Prolonged use of pacifier
- Poor oral care
- Cleft lip and palate
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Mouth breathing
- Class 1 – The upper teeth slightly overlap with the lower teeth.
- Class 2 – There is a severe overbite, with the upper teeth and jaw greatly overlapping with the lower teeth and jaw.
- Class 3 – There is a severe underbite with the lower jaw protruding forward, overlapping with the upper teeth and jaw.
My patients usually ask this question during the initial consultation. Adults are especially concerned about the amount of time they need to wear braces.
On average, it takes about 24 months to complete an orthodontic treatment. Some patients require less than 12 months, but there are also patients requiring up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position.
Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient’s mouth is unique. So, while I cannot tell you with certainty the exact duration of treatment for your specific case, I can explain to you the factors that influence the amount of time you’ll need to wear dental braces.
- Type of Treatment
Patients requiring orthodontic treatment now have several options. There’s conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear braces. Metal braces are made from stainless steel, making this system very strong and robust. Ceramic braces and clear aligners, on the other hand, look nicer than metal braces
Young patients (teens and children) tend to get results faster than adults because their jaws are still growing, making the teeth easier to manipulate. This doesn’t mean all adults need to wear braces for two years or more. There are other factors that affect the length of treatment.
- Severity of the Case
Another crucial factor is the severity of your orthodontic issue. Mild spacing/crowding can be fixed in a year or less, while severe cases could take much longer.
- Patient Compliance
An orthodontic patient needs to follow all instructions provided by his or her orthodontist to ensure a successful treatment. That includes maintaining proper oral hygiene, keeping your dental appointments and use your orthodontic appliance as directed.Is It Possible to Reduce the Amount of Time Needed to Wear Braces?
Yes. Here at The Brace Place, we are happy to offer Propel technology to our patients. Propel helps teeth move faster into their desired position resulting in significantly reduced treatment times. Whether patients choose traditional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign, this innovative technology ensures that the treatment is effective and fast.
Other treatments that reduce treatment time include Acceledent and Vpro AcceleDent and Vpro utilize cyclic force and soft pulse technology to move the teeth.Final Thoughts
The only way to determine how long you’ll need orthodontic treatment is to consult an orthodontist. We will take pictures and X-rays of your mouth and create a custom treatment plan for you. We will also discuss accelerated options so you can have the smile you’ve always wanted in the shortest time possible.
- Can it really straighten the teeth?
- How much does it cost?
- What are my options?
- ClearCorrect is a newer clear brace system first introduced in the United States in 2006.
- ClearCorrect aligners are made from a plastic called Zendura, a very durable material designed to remain resistant even when put under a lot of stress/pressure.