How Orthodontics Work
The goal of orthodontic treatment is the same for children, teenagers or adults – to straighten teeth so they look better and work better.
This goal is achieved using braces or clear aligners that put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position over months or years.
Based on an examination of your teeth, jaws and mouth, and a discussion with you about your needs and goals for treatment, your orthodontist will recommend either braces or clear aligners.
If your teeth are misaligned, you probably know that the problem is not just aesthetic. A bad bite can also cause a variety of oral health problems. Orthodontic treatment, either with traditional metal braces or clear aligners, is the key to avoiding these problems and keeping your smile healthy in the long term.
Meet Our Orthodontic Specialist
Dr. Michael Sirisko is an orthodontist with specialized training in providing orthodontic treatment options, such as braces and Invisalign, to help straighten your smile.
Traditional braces, made of either metal or ceramic, have been used for decades to straighten teeth. In recent years, advances in orthodontics have resulted in braces that should be low-profile, more comfortable and easier to care for.
How Braces Straighten Teeth
Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth over some time, slowly moving them into their new, corrected positions.
As pressure is applied and the teeth move, the bone changes shape to accommodate the new positions of the teeth.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
With Invisalign clear aligners, your smile is gradually straightened using a series of individually customized, clear plastic aligners that are adjusted over time.
Invisalign clear aligners offer a convenience factor – they are removable for when you'd prefer no one know that you are straightening your teeth.
Similar in appearance to custom whitening trays, they should be easy to insert. You can even remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss!