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Orthodontics in Lucas

Everything You Need Under One Roof

At OPD Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that every patient we treat deserves completely personalized care. That’s why our orthodontist, Dr. Michael, is ready to offer a comprehensive variety of orthodontic solutions. With it, he can formulate precise treatment plans that are perfectly suited to a patient’s unique needs, goals, and budget. To learn more about your options here at OPD, read on below. To see which ones might be best for you or your child, give us a call to schedule a consultation today.

Metal Braces

Teen girl with metal braces smiling

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of dental braces used during orthodontic treatment. Today metal braces are smaller, stronger, and far more comfortable than ever before. This improves both the appearance and the feel of braces, with the sleeker brackets and wires keeping irritation in the mouth to a minimum. People of al ages choose metal braces to help them achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Clear/Ceramic Braces

Closeup of smile with clear braces

Ceramic braces, also known as clear braces or tooth colored braces are another excellent option for teens and adults. While they function in the same way metal braces do, ceramic braces offer a great cosmetic alternative. These braces are far less noticeable, therefore are a perfect match for teens and adults who don't want their braces to stand out.

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Invisalign & Invisalign Teen

Teen girl holding Invisalign tray

Does the thought of wearing noticeable metal braces for months or even years of your life send you running for the hills? Don’t worry – we understand that for many teenagers and adults, maintaining a confident smile is a top priority. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are comfortable, simple, and unobtrusive alternatives to the traditional orthodontics model. Instead of brackets and wires, patients will wear clear, removable aligners that are barely noticeable in the mouth. To learn whether your or your loved one is a good candidate, schedule a consultation at our office today.

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Oral Appliances

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There is a big world of oral appliances that Dr. Michael may recommend to help children or adults achieve the healthiest, most confident smile possible. He will always explain their uses in clear terms to patients or their families so that everyone can make an informed decision about future treatment. Possible options include:

  • Palatal expanders for widening the upper jaw.
  • Space maintainers for holding areas in the mouth where teeth have been lost prematurely.
  • Retainers for helping patients retain the improvements they’ve achieved through orthodontics.

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Dentofacial Orthopedics

Young girl wearing dentofacial orthopedic device

While orthodontic treatment is primarily focused on managing tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics is a separate specialty that involves the focused guidance of facial growth and development over time. This comprehensive approach can result in more positive and longer-lasting harmony for a patient’s oral structures. Children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedics, as their jaws are still growing and malleable in nature. While adults can undergo it as well, surgical intervention will probably be necessary to create significant changes at this later stage.