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Orthodontics in Atlanta

Straighter Smiles for all

At Goldstein, Garber, & Salama, we're proud to help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through custom, comprehensive dental and orthodontic treatment. If you're looking to correct crooked teeth and achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, our wide range of cosmetic and orthodontic services can help you meet your goals.

What Is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is an orthodontic correction system that uses a series of clear plastic “aligners.” These aligners are similar in appearance to a night guard for teeth grinding, or a retainer. Each set of aligners is designed to put gentle pressure on your teeth and shift them toward a healthier, more even position. 

Usually, each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks, and you’ll come back to Goldstein Garber & Salama every 4-6 weeks to get a checkup and your next several sets of aligners. Most patients can be treated with 20-24 sets of aligners, so you’ll usually be finished with your treatment in a year or less.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Unnoticeable

Your aligners will be nearly invisible and won’t affect your speech. Because of this, Invisalign is much more subtle compared to braces. Nobody has to know that you’re correcting your smile with Invisalign unless you want them to.

Removable

You can take out Invisalign to eat your favorite foods, so there are no dietary restrictions. Your aligners can also be removed to brush and floss, making proper oral hygiene easier compared to braces. You can also take out your Invisalign aligners to play sports and musical instruments, which can make them more convenient for your lifestyle.

Faster Results

Invisalign typically can provide results within a year of treatment, compared to 12-18 months or longer for traditional braces.

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What Can Invisalign Treat?

Crooked & Crowded Teeth

Invisalign is most commonly used to correct the position of teeth that are crooked or crowded. It can be used to correct most tooth position issues, though it’s not as versatile as traditional orthodontics, and typically can’t be used for severely crooked and crowded teeth.

Gaps in Your Smile

Large gaps in your smile can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Invisalign can be used to move your teeth and close these gaps, providing you with an even smile.

Minor to Moderate Bite Alignment Issues

Invisalign cannot treat major bite problems, but it can be used to treat minor to moderate issues with your bite and tooth alignment, so it may be an option if you have a minor underbite, overbite, or other teeth alignment issues.

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Am I a Good Candidate For Invisalign?

If you have minor or moderate orthodontic problems and you have healthy teeth, Invisalign in Atlanta may be a good way to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact Goldstein Garber & Salama now for a consultation with one of our doctors, and see if you’re eligible for Invisalign treatment.

What Are Braces?

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Orthodontic braces – normally just called "braces" – are orthodontic appliances that are used to straighten and correct the alignment of the teeth. Traditional braces consist of small metal brackets that are cemented to the front of the teeth. A thin, springy metal archwire runs through these brackets and works to straighten the teeth. Braces can be used to correct virtually any form of malocclusion (bad bite), including everything ranging from crooked teeth to overbites and underbites.

The Treatment Process with Braces

Consultation

During your consultation, your Atlanta orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and take diagnostic tests of your mouth including x-rays and impressions to properly diagnose any problems in your bite. Then, we'll carefully create your treatment plan based on this diagnosis.

placement

Next, we'll bring you in for an appointment to place your braces. Your orthodontist will carefully place each bracket on your teeth, using dental cement and a special curing light to harden the cement and firmly affix the bracket. Then, your orthodontist will thread the archwire into the brackets, fixing it in place using a series of small elastic ties.

adjustments

After placing your braces, we'll bring you in for adjustment appointments roughly every 4 to 6 weeks. Treatment time depends on the severity of your orthodontic condition, but for most patients, it lasts between 12 months and 2.5 years.

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Who Can Get Braces?

Virtually anyone can get orthodontic braces – if you're dissatisfied with your smile, chances are that braces can help. Braces are most common for adolescents; the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get an orthodontic evaluation at age 7, as this is the first age we can spot malocclusions. However, if you're an adult longing for a straighter new smile, don't worry: we can move healthy teeth at any age, so you're never too old for braces.

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How to Care for Your Braces

During treatment, it’s important that you make a few modifications to your lifestyle to take care of your braces. Avoid any foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, or full of sugar. For example, nuts, ice, taffy, gum, and sugary sodas should all be avoided. In addition, adhering to a diligent oral hygiene routine is crucial while you have braces, as your teeth are extra vulnerable to decay during treatment.