Short-term orthodontic treatment for life’s big events
Whether it’s your upcoming wedding, that big career opportunity you’re interviewing for, or just seeing old friends at your reunion, having a stunning, confident smile is important for showing off the best version of you. That’s why we offer short-term, esthetic orthodontic treatment options for adults whom only desire cosmetic teeth alignment and less time in braces than traditional orthodontics. Esthetic treatment is most suited for touching-up relapsed crowding after previous orthodontic treatment, however, select patients whom have never had orthodontic treatment before can also benefit from esthetic treatment. Even though its not full orthodontic treatment, Drs. Cornali and McDonald feel strongly that a highly trained orthodontic specialist should perform any orthodontic care. We have hundreds of thousands of hours experience and know how to create a beautiful smile efficiently and safely. If your immediate smile needs require short-term esthetic treatment, you deserve to have it done by the highly trained specialists, Drs. Cornali and McDonald.
What can you expect from esthetic treatment?
After Drs. Cornali and McDonald complete a thorough diagnostic work up and evaluation of your teeth and smile, they will go over pros and cons of esthetic treatment so that you are fully informed. The goal of esthetic orthodontic treatment is to align teeth into a more cosmetically attractive smile. This process usually takes 4-6 months to complete regardless of if your treatment is short-term or comprehensive. Drs. Cornali and McDonald are experts in multiple systems of moving teeth and offer options of lingual braces (behind the teeth braces that are literally invisible), Invisalign® clear aligners, and clear braces to accomplish your cosmetic alignment all while being as concealable as possible. After your teeth are aligned and your new smile is achieved, Drs. Cornali and McDonald will remove your braces and provide retainers to ensure your teeth do not move back to where they were before.
So what’s the difference?
You might be asking yourself, “Why does comprehensive treatment take so much longer than short-term treatment if your smile looks about the same afterwards?” The answer is that the goal of esthetic treatment is to only align teeth into a more cosmetic smile (which takes ~6 months) while not correcting the patient’s bite issues such as overbites or under bites (if they exist). Conversely, the goals of comprehensive treatment are to align teeth for a cosmetic smile, but to also correct issues with the patient’s bite. The process of fully correcting a patient’s bite can take an additional 12-18 months after the teeth are aligned which accounts for the extra time in braces seen in comprehensive treatment. So why does your bite even matter anyway? Your bite is how your teeth and jaws fit and function together. If your bite is not correctly aligned, it can lead to larger issues with your jaws and teeth such as chronic jaw and muscle pain, grinding and premature wear/cracking of teeth, gum recession, and speech problems. For these reasons Drs. Cornali and McDonald recommend that patients whom have not had previous orthodontic care and decide to undergo short-term esthetic orthodontic treatment for immediate reasons consider full correction of their bite in a later round of orthodontics.
What Our Patients Are Saying
“We love the fact that Drs and staff have always taken a personal interest in our daughter’s treatment, like they do with so many of their patients. Our daughter’s comfort is always their priority during visits.”Kylee K.
“I enjoyed coming into such a welcoming and kind atmosphere every appointment. I was always well informed and felt confident in my treatment plan.”Kalin
“Dr. Cornali, Dr. McDonald and the entire staff at Cornali Orthodontics are the BEST! They always make me feel so important at all my visits, even when I just need a wire repaired. The office is really cool and the staff are so kind and caring. Dr. Cornali and Dr. McDonald know just what to do for your smile to look its best. I always look forward to all my visits.”Ethan D.