It is our pleasure to welcome you to our specialty practice of orthodontics. To help serve you better, we have 4 convenient locations in Virginia Beach and one in Onley on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing quality orthodontic treatment in a courteous and professional manner. Our goal is a smile that enhances the appearance, health, comfort and self-esteem of all our patients. We have designed this web page in order that it might better inform the viewer of our practice by answering questions you may have about orthodontics for both children and adults.
Orthodontists are dentists with at least two years of advanced university based specialty training that is necessary for the treatment and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. As orthodontists we are concerned with both the appearance and function of teeth. Using diagnostic information such as special x-rays, dental models, and photographs the doctors in our office will determine a personalized treatment for each patient.
Age 7, A Year to Remember
In the past orthodontic treatment was often postponed until after eruption of all the permanent teeth. We now know that many orthodontic problems are better treated earlier in childhood by utilizing the growth that takes place in younger children.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser may elect to monitor your child’s dental development. Early detection greatly reduces the need for removal of permanent teeth.
The most common age for orthodontic treatment is during adolescents, between the ages of 11 and 17. By age 12, most if not all of our permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crooked teeth, gaps between our teeth and bad bites can easily be detected . These problems rarely correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are willing to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them and want to fit in.
Braces are not just for kids! Teeth can be straightened at any age and a new smile will last a lifetime.
Although a nice smile is important, improving the health of your gums and teeth is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to tooth decay, gum and bone loss, abnormal wear of the tooth surfaces, headaches, and sometimes jaw joint (TMJ) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and materials we use have greatly reduced the discomfort level, decreased the frequency of visits, shortened the treatment time, and may allow you to choose from several options. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser offer the traditional metal braces (with the colored rubber ties), translucent (clear) braces, and they are Invisalign (invisible) certified.
Invisalign (clear aligners): The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay trays that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are a translucent tooth colored (clear) material. They are most popular with the adult patients.
Metal Braces: Metal braces are the most common. They are made of high grade stainless steel. Today’s braces are much smaller and more comfortable.
Retainers: Some minor orthodontic problems can be corrected with retainers. Retainers can be used on the upper and/or lower teeth.