At Euksuzian Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments to patients throughout the areas of Medford, Mt. Holly, Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and the surrounding communities. Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian and our highly trained team work hard to treat our patients on an individualized level, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient’s unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile, and we’re committed to helping you achieve one no matter how severe your orthodontic condition or what your financial situation may be. We offer a diverse range of treatment options to suit a wide range of patient needs, and we’ll work with you to select the treatment that makes the most sense for your unique situation.
This is what most people think of when they hear the word “braces.” Composed of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces use small metal brackets mounted to the teeth and a thin, springy archwire running across the brackets to realign teeth. While in the past, braces have been large, clunky, and uncomfortable, modern braces are far more comfortable, discreet, and aesthetically appealing. Metal braces are a reliable and cost-effective way to treat almost any orthodontic condition.
Clear braces work essentially the same way as metal braces, with one important difference: instead of stainless steel, the brackets in clear braces are made from a clear ceramic composite material that blends in with the teeth and will never discolor. This gives clear braces an undeniable aesthetic advantage, making them very popular for adult orthodontic treatment. The only disadvantage is that clear braces are slightly more fragile and expensive than regular braces.
Gold braces work much the same way as metal braces, but the brackets are plated in 24 karat gold. This is primarily done for patients who are allergic to nickel, which is a component of stainless steel, but may also be done for aesthetic reasons.
Need a smile makeover? With Invisalign, you can get straight teeth without braces!
Invisalign does away with brackets and wires altogether, instead using a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are almost invisible when worn and easy to pop in and out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, which provides a number of benefits to Invisalign patients.
Talk to Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian to find out about the advantages of Invisalign clear aligners over traditional wire and ceramic braces for straight teeth and a great smile. Invisalign is a fast-working, noninvasive alternative with highly cosmetic advantages.
Wild Smiles Brackets
Wild Smiles Brackets work the same as traditional braces, but the brackets come in a range of fun, exciting shapes, letting you choose your own unique smile during treatment. Wild Smiles is a great option for kids who want to customize their orthodontic treatment.
Palatal expanders are generally used during early orthodontic treatment and are placed on the upper jaw, similar to a retainer. By applying a gentle, constant force, palatal expanders serve to gradually and painlessly widen the upper jaw, helping to create more room for crowded teeth and fix a variety of other problems.
If a patient’s teeth are too close together for us to place orthodontic bands during treatment, then we’ll use separators to make room for them. Separators are tiny rubber “doughnuts” that are placed in between a patient’s teeth to push them apart, then removed before the orthodontic bands are put in place. While wearing separators, we ask that patients avoid sticky foods, toothpicks, and floss.
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Elastics are used to treat malocclusions by putting constant pressure on your jaw to move in a certain direction. They’re attached to specially made brackets with hooks for the elastics to hold on to. Throughout the day, activities like talking, chewing, and other jaw movements will put pressure on your jaws and slowly move them to the desired position.
Thumb-sucking can severely affect the development of a child’s jaw and teeth. This causes a significant misalignments of the teeth, creating a need for orthodontic care later in life. Tongue/thumb cribs help stop this bad habit. These appliances are cemented into the mouth and make it virtually impossible for a child to suck their thumb or otherwise impact the growth of their teeth.
After a child patient loses their baby teeth, a fixed lingual arch or Nance holding arch may be used to prevent the child’s molars from drifting forward. Your orthodontist can use this space to treat any crowding that may occur as adult permanent teeth erupt. These appliances can also be used after a tooth is extracted to control how the extraction space closes.
Once the active treatment period is complete, your braces are removed and you enter the retention period. This part of treatment is critical to maintaining the long-term stability of your new bite. Retainers hold your teeth in place until your bone, gum, and muscles adapt to your teeth’s new placement. It’s extremely important to wear your retainer as instructed by Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian. Otherwise, your teeth could return to their original position and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost.
When you get your braces off, Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian will determine what type of retainer you need and how long you will need to wear your retainer. In some cases, permanent retention may be necessary.
This appliance uses a lingual arch to connect two teeth on opposite sides of the jaw with a wire that runs across the lingual (back) side of your teeth. It may be used on the upper or lower jaw and helps to hold teeth in place during treatment.
This removable appliance stimulates forward growth of the lower jaw. Bionators are commonly used to correct severe overbites and overjets (upper teeth sticking out). The biggest advantages of this appliance are that it’s easy to use and it can be removed to eat and maintain proper oral hygiene.
A Herbst Appliance attaches to both the upper and lower rear molars on both sides of the jaw, connecting them with an adjustable tube on either side. Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian will then adjust this tube according to your orthodontic situation, applying a mild pressure and causing the jaws to move gradually over time and improve the alignment of the upper and lower jaws.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Medford, NJ Orthodontist
No matter what your orthodontic situation, at Euksuzian Orthodontics, we’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We’re proud to provide a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to our patients, and we’ll take the time to work with you and answer any questions you may have about your treatment. Feel free to call us at (609) 654-0600 for our Medford office with any questions, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our complimentary exam request form to schedule an appointment at our office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’re excited to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve!