Fort Myers Orthodontist
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Caring for Your Braces
Comprehensive orthodontic options for children and teens
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends screening for all children no later than age 7 to evaluate the developing dentition and bite. While most children do not require treatment at this age, there are some issues if detected and corrected at this age that have the potential to benefit the child greatly.
Dr. Jenny is a dual board-certified Fort Myers orthodontist and pediatric dentist which means that the developing smile and bite will be monitored from the first dental visit through adolescence. This has many advantages as many orthodontic issues can be prevented with early care when appropriate.
Why work with a board-certified orthodontist?
A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health check-ups, comparable to your family doctor. An orthodontist is a dentist who has gone through a competitive orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
A board-certified orthodontist has successfully completed a voluntary, rigorous written and clinical examination process through the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). ABO certification is recognized throughout the world as representing the highest level of commitment to orthodontic patient care.
Orthodontic treatment options and technology change rapidly, making it essential for orthodontists to keep abreast of the latest advances. By participating in the ABO’s Certification Renewal process every 10 years, board-certified orthodontists are demonstrating their continuous dedication to the highest standards of care that every patient deserves.
Our Fort Myers Orthodontic Services
Once a perfect smile is created with braces or Invisalign, it is important to maintain this beautiful smile for life. We offer a few different types of retainers. Some retainers are better for some types of bites than others. Retainers should be worn as prescribed. If a retainer is lost or broken, it is very important to contact the office as soon as possible to have the retainer re-made.
- Essix: Clear removable retainers
- Hawley: Acrylic and wire removable retainers. Often recommended for patients with a deep bite or for children with some baby teeth remaining.
- Fixed lingual: Thin wire affixed to the tongue surface of the lower front teeth and/or the tongue surface of the top front teeth. Only recommended for patients who had severe crowding or lower teeth or a large gap in between the front top teeth. These retainers are affixed to the front teeth only and can last several years before needing to be replaced. A clear retainer is usually recommended in addition to a fixed retainer to hold the back teeth in proper alignment.
There is a limit to how far the teeth can be moved with Braces or Invisalign alone. If there are issues with the jaws that are beyond the movement of braces, surgery may be recommended.
Depending on the cause of the staining, several treatment options exist for whitening teeth. Often a prophylaxis or cleaning can remove build-up and lead to a brighter smile. At smiLee, we can discuss whitening options to help you achieve your brightest smile.
Caring for Your Braces
Brushing should be performed after each meal. It is important to take a toothbrush to school or work. Diligent brushing includes brushing all sides of the braces and teeth and also along the gums. Flossing requires use of a floss threader or an orthodontic flosser.
Diet limitations should be observed to prevent breaking appliances and prolonging treatment. Avoid crunchy (popcorn, ice-cubes, nuts, pizza crust, croutons, corn on the cob, etc.) and sticky foods (gummy bears, taffy, bubblegum, etc.). If a brace loosens, please do not delay in contacting our office. Sugary drinks should always be limited but it is especially important during orthodontic treatment to prevent decalcification and decay while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
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How we help your child
Straighten misaligned teeth
Reshape your child’s bite
Treat dental sleep issues
“If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, smiLee is the place to go! This was his first dentist appointment and he was so chill throughout the whole process.”
“Best dentist office we’ve ever been to! They respect the appointment times, and are super courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! We definitely recommend them.”
“This was our first time at the smiLee office. My daughter had been nervous prior to going, but I don’t think I’ll have any trouble getting her to go back, she had a great experience!!”
Let us give your child the smile they deserve
We are currently accepting new patients and very excited to work with you and your child.
Our Fort Myers Pediatric & Orthodontic Office
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