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Want a Straight Smile? Know Your Orthodontic Options

October 16, 2016

If you need help with the alignment of your smile, Orthodontic Affiliates is the place to go. We have seven locations in Merrillville, Valparaiso, Munster, Portage, Michigan City, St. John, and Lowell, orthodontists with 65 years’ combined experience, and a group of professionals who have been working together for the last 25 years. That means you will have a cohesive team that shares the same vision and approach to correcting your smile through orthodontics.

Orthodontics Improve Your Smile

Orthodontic Affiliates plays a big role in helping you meet the three requirements of a good-looking smile: color, balance, and alignment.

Color – White teeth are standard in any great looking smile. White teeth convey the look of a healthy smile, which allows you to show off your smile proudly.

Balance – Balance refers to the amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile. Too much gum tissue, and your smile looks dominated by your gums. Too little, and your smile is all teeth. Neither is where you want your smile to be.

Alignment – One tooth out of position can throw off the look and feel of your smile. Dr. Schmidt has spent 30 years helping patients make sure that not even one tooth is out of place. At Orthodontic Affiliates, we will bring our years of collective knowledge and experience to the treatment of your smile.

Now that you know how proper alignment can improve your smile’s appearance, you just need to figure out which orthodontic option is right for you. We offer a wide range of treatments according to your needs and preferences.

Your Orthodontic Options

The first step to solving your orthodontic issues is to find out what options are available, and what each of them can do for you. Start by talking to Dr. Schmidt. With his decades of orthodontic experience, he will help you navigate the world of orthodontic options that you have at your disposal. You won’t have to waste time looking at options that don’t fit your needs, and you can start getting the correct treatment fast after your consultation with Dr. Schmidt.

Metal Braces, Clear Braces, and More

As with any type of meeting, it is best to be prepared. Here are some of the options that you have access to at Orthodontic Affiliates. Look through them and familiarize yourself with what they offer. Dr. Schmidt will help you narrow this list down to the options that are truly applicable to your smile.

Preventive Orthodontics – If you want to make sure your child has a great looking smile, preventive orthodontics will be one area for you to explore. Dr. Schmidt can stop many problems in their tracks by using methods such as guided eruption (guiding the new tooth into its proper location) and space maintainers (keeps a spot open for a new tooth to erupt in), as well as appliances to help curb thumb sucking (could damage the alignment of the front teeth). All of these methods by Dr. Schmidt will lead to a better-looking smile for your child.

Traditional Braces – The tried and true method for adjusting the alignment of your teeth, traditional braces are able to handle almost any dental alignment issue you may have. With metal brackets that are connected by a special wire, braces can adjust the alignment of every tooth. Dr. Schmidt will use his extensive orthodontic knowledge to guide your smile to where it should be.

Fast Acting Adult Braces (FAAB) – For busy adults who only need to have their front teeth adjusted, fast acting adult braces are an option. The treatment uses clear ceramic braces to straighten teeth in as little as six months. Dr. Schmidt will make sure your results last by bonding an invisible retainer to the backside of your teeth. This will keep them from moving.

Invisalign – Another option for the busy adult, Invisalign will let you correct crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and more in as little as 12 months. This is less than half the time of traditional orthodontic methods, and the best part is that the clear aligners are practically invisible to your coworkers. Talk to Dr. Schmidt about the many benefits of Invisalign braces today.

You’re Never Too Old For Straight Teeth

Regardless of your age, orthodontic treatment from Orthodontic Affiliates in northwest Indiana can help you achieve the smile you are looking for. Dr. Schmidt and his team have the skills, advanced knowledge, and real-life experience to handle your dental alignment issues.

Call Orthodontic Affiliates today at 888-722-5033 for an appointment, and trust your smile to a team that has over 60,000 satisfied smiles to their credit.

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