Orthodontic treatment may not only improve your smile, but it can improve your health! Dr. Ricks uses digital imaging and a detailed examination to create a customized treatment plan that results in a beautiful smile, a well-functioning bite and healthy jaw joints. Teeth that are better positioned are easier to keep clean! An accurate bite improves jaw function, increases chewing efficiency, provides long-term health to the jaw muscles and joints, and sustains the health of the gum tissue.
The Ricks Family Orthodontics team pride themselves on offering excellent customer service and an exceptional orthodontic experience to all patients. It is their goal to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment in a professional, caring and fun environment where patients are the top priority and where getting braces is a pleasant experience!
There has never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment at any age! Technology has significantly advanced the field of orthodontics, and there are so many options available to our patients. We offer traditional silver braces, or a more esthetic clear option. There are even removable options! Patients may often choose colors for their braces.
Teeth move to their determined positions with gentle, constant force that is carefully controlled. The latest materials are so advanced, and designed to move teeth more efficiently with greater comfort.
We will discuss your treatment time with you, as orthodontic treatment times can vary. Several factors may affect your custom treatment time, but overall the average treatment time is about 18-24 months. The best way to stay on track to a successful treatment plan is stay involved, and be an active participant in your plan. This means schedule and attend all appointments on time so that can help you meet your goals.
Before your journey begins, schedule your first complimentary visit with Dr. Ricks! He will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the concern, a written summary of the findings, and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals, and estimated fees.
If you have more questions about orthodontics please feel free to look through our articles below or call us!
Not everyone's experience with braces is the same and sometimes can be uncomfortable. While getting used to braces can be an uncomfortable and new experience, it is worth it to earn yourself that beautiful, healthy and perfect smile.
Learn what you can do to improve your experience with braces and how to keep your braces and appliances in tip-top-shape to avoid any unnecessary setbacks.
By age 7, enough permanent teeth have come in and enough jaw growth has occurred that he can identify existing concerns and anticipate future problems. Any ongoing damaging oral habits can be assessed at this time also.
In many cases, no treatment is indicated at this age, but it is a great time to begin planning for future needs for the most efficient treatment plan by entering a growth and development program.
Hey teens, you deserve confidence to carry you through the best years of your life, and a beautiful, healthy smile is just the ticket to get you there! So you may need braces, it’s no big deal!
There has never been a better time for orthodontic treatment because we have the most advanced technology to make this the best experience possible. Braces for teens are more comfortable than ever before.
Orthodontic treatment is for everyone! It’s time to treat yourself to the beautiful, healthy, and confident smile that you deserve.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21! Adult patients who choose orthodontics not only want to feel better about themselves, but they also know how important oral health is to maintaining overall physical health.
Orthodontics isn't simply just a cosmetic treatment to make your smile look great, it can also fix different types of bites or placement of teeth that can cause issues in the future if not treated.
Take a look at our diagrams of what some of the most common problems that can affect one's smile and bite. Contact us for a free consultation to determine if a treatment is needed and hwo to get you that perfect smile.
When you have braces, it's very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.
Take a look to learn proper techniques to keep your smile fresh, healthy, and sparkling.
True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they occur we are available to you (day or night). As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
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