Our commitments to you are reflected in our mission, goals, and philosophy regarding delivery of and recommendations for orthodontic care.
To create optimal health combined with confidence from improved self-image by blending expertise and efficiency in the specialty of orthodontics with a relaxed, pleasant, informative environment which fosters caring, fairness, honesty, and a resolve to increase the quality of life for all those who join our practice family
To partner with our patients (and families) to determine and deliver the best possible orthodontic experience by masterfully blending all aspects related to your care.
We strongly feel that orthodontics (and health care in general) should be a business based on patients’ best interests and not commercialism. This attitude is expressed throughout all our service, but one of the best examples is in our recommendations regarding the most widely used orthodontic appliance of all: braces.
The reason braces are used so often is that they are still the best method available for full three-dimensional control of all the teeth. There is a high degree of adjustability built into braces that addresses teeth and bite issues from the start and as they develop during treatment.
However, using appliances that are fixed onto the teeth for as short a time as possible is prudent in order to reduce the oral hygiene issues (such as possible decalcification), which are inherent when there are more surfaces for plaque adherence.
Therefore, many patients who do not have all their permanent teeth erupted are recommended to wait for treatment with braces until most teeth are available. This approach helps us maximize adjustment appointments for COMPLETE correction of ALL teeth and bite issues in the shortest amount of time possible and also reduces risks and usually expenses for the patient.
In the smaller percentage of young patients who exhibit teeth, bite, or self-image issues that should not wait for correction in one succinct phase, many times an early phase involving other appliances which have extremely low oral hygiene risks (such as retainer-like removable plates, expanders, or growth control devices) can be implemented to gain the needed early correction and also probably reduce time needed in braces later.
(It is rare for early intervention – with any appliance – to totally preclude the need to gain final and complete correction of the oral structures once all the rest of the teeth are available.)
There are different types of braces available. We feel that it’s important to educate patients regarding types of braces so that they are informed about comparisons, which is in their best interests. The truth is, there is no perfect bracket (the main component of braces), which answers all patients’ needs. Through our commitment to continuing education, we are versed in the latest technologies as well as the time tested gold standards for braces in the industry.
From aesthetic clear brackets and the traditional mini-twin braces with fun color ties, to self-ligating types (which don’t require ties), we are fully trained to deliver the optimal care with any selection. We’re well positioned to fully compare and contrast any options in order to guide an appropriate selection based on your needs and individual situation. We’ll also discuss other appliance type advantages and disadvantages (such as clear aligner therapy – sequence of removable trays to move teeth – through ClearCorrect, Invisalign, or other companies) and distinctions between different styles of final retainers.
Our office is devoted to comprehensive orthodontic care with patient appointments available Tuesdays through Fridays. Our administrative and clinical Alpine office is near the main intersection in town, on Alpine Boulevard.
If treatment is started once all teeth are erupted, then there are two main determining factors that correspond to length of treatment time for orthodontics. They are 1) the skills and attention to detail that your orthodontist and her/his team apply at your adjustment appointments and 2) your cooperation in such areas as consistent rubber band or removable appliance wear, oral hygiene, and care of your appliance.
While we are explaining, facilitating, and encouraging your part, you have our guarantee that we will be delivering maximized adjustments of the highest quality available. Dr. Jackson is exceptional at precise bracket placement, wire selection and bending, and optimal appliance adjustments. These are the skills that enhance treatment speed. Our office and systems are designed for this treatment efficiency. Appointments stress individualized attention and concentration, not routine “factory”-like care.
We also reduce treatment time and enhance quality results by providing braces patients with an early finishing appliance called a positioner. This appliance can reduce treatment by several months due to its ability to “detail” the final finishing phase of treatment better than braces alone.
(Please see more information regarding positioners under Patient Information: Appliances.) It is also a wonderful back up for retainers should they be lost, broken, left out too long or should the “bite” need more stabilizing than retainers alone can provide.
Our commitment doesn’t end once you’re done with treatment. Retention is enhanced through our office’s unmatched efforts to educate and provide patients the best information and appliances necessary for consistent long-term maintenance of their orthodontic result.
Besides a positioner as backup, we offer each patient two retainers for EACH arch. Often these will be different styles of retainers (see Patient Info: Retainers) because just like types of braces, there is no perfect retainer. Each option has advantages and disadvantages and by combining types we have found a way to maximize the pluses and minimize the downsides.
Once again, we’ll inform you of the nuances of retainer styles and help guide the selection of the two for your upper teeth which will best meet your individual needs, as well as the two best suited for your lower arch of teeth. We’ll follow your retainer protocol for about a year, during which time your routine will gradually decrease to only some nighttime wear.
After that time, you’ll be informed on how to monitor your own retainer needs. As always, we’ll be available for any further guidance or care, but most individuals find it easy to maintain their smile on their own at this point with the tools and information we’ve provided them.
We realize that even with the best of patient intentions, occasionally, extended lack of retainer wear may lead to teeth/bite changes. Many times by pushing back into retainers or the positioner, even if not fitting fully initially, we can show you how to regain your result with your present appliances alone. In worst-case scenarios, some retreatment may be necessary, though usually of short duration. Therefore, retreatment is usually less costly and as a courtesy, we offer discounts to our previous patients, so there is no reason not to get back to your ideal smile!