Orthodontist Services in Gilbert and Mesa, AZ Areas - Macdonald Orthodontics
Macdonald Orthodontics offers a number of services and treatments to help our patients attain the smile they've always wanted. The friendly and skilled staff at both our Gilbert and Mesa orthodontics offices are equipped to treat patients of all ages. If you're concerned about the health of your own teeth or those of your child, do not hesitate to contact us at the office nearest you.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems. From there, our talented doctors can determine if a need for further orthodontic care exists. Depending on the findings, we will be able to complete any orthodontic services your child may need.
Depending on the needs of the patient we are able to use several different types of braces. This includes traditional metal braces, traditional ceramic braces, self-ligating ceramic braces or self-ligating metal braces. At Macdonald Orthodontics, we love creating quality smiles and helping you achieve optimal oral health by using the latest up to date techniques available.
Aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays that are formed to fit an individual's teeth. Patients are responsible for putting in and removing their aligners. A series of aligners is created to move teeth. Each aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks, and moves teeth a fraction of a millimeter at a time.
Patients must remove aligners for meals and when brushing/flossing, allowing for easy preventative tooth care. The number of aligners and the length of the treatment needed to correct misaligned teeth varies based on the individual's orthodontic problem.
We utilize both removable and fixed retainers for maximum success. Both types of retainers hold teeth in their new positions after "active" orthodontic treatment is completed. This allows newly formed bone to harden around the teeth. Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment.
Archwires & Elastics
Elastics are tiny rubber bands that apply extra force to a tooth or teeth in ways that braces alone cannot, so that teeth move into their ideal positions. Tiny hooks on selected upper and lower brackets are used as attachment points. The configuration of the elastics can be vertical or diagonal, depending on the individual's need. Patients are responsible for placing and removing their elastics.
A mouth guard is used by athletes of all ages to protect teeth from trauma during competitive and individual sporting activities. They are made of a variety of materials, some relatively flexible and others relatively rigid. Custom-made mouth guards deliver the greatest protection. Over-the-counter mouth guards are available in "boil and bite" versions, which are formed to the individual's mouth, and "ready to wear" versions, which cannot be customized and offer the least protection. The American Association of Orthodontists advocates the use of mouth guards by children and adults during organized and recreational sporting activities.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you need surgical orthodontics, we will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
Two Phase Treatments
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign®. Consider Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted -- without braces. A consultation at one of our offices can determine if Invisalign is right for you.
In-Ovation is a new and technically advanced system that can give you the radiant smile you have always wanted more quickly than traditional braces. Best of all, there's never a need to have your braces tightened! Using light, gentle forces, In-Ovation® makes the path to a beautiful smile faster and more comfortable than you ever thought possible!
Clarity SL braces provide a safe, effective, and virtually pain-free way to correct your smile and achieve the results that you want. With Clarity SL braces you can experience the benefits of a straighter smile in less time than with traditional metal braces, and with more comfort during your treatment.
Dentofacial orthopedics is a special distinction earned by orthodontists who have received their orthodontic specialization in dental school, and have completed a two to three year orthodontic residency program. Dentofacial orthopedics is the process of normalizing the growth of a patient's bone structure and repairing any imbalances of the face and jaws. This process often involves a two-phase treatment and often begins when the patient is around 7 or 8 years old.