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Spannhake Services

1. Interceptive Care for the Young Patient - Interceptive orthodontic care is one of the most rewarding treatment options that we offer to our patients. Interceptive care is exactly that, intercepting a problem before it gets out of hand. Treatment occurs at a younger age than conventional orthodontic care and is not typically as long either. The idea is to shift teeth, manipulate growth, create space for unerupted teeth, break habits and prevent trauma before it is too late. Children between the ages of 7 and 10 are best suited for this ort of treatment. Treatment usually lasts 6 to 15 months after which the child is monitored and the decision as to the need for a second phase is made. Most children will require a second, more comprehensive, phase of treatment in order to create a completely stable, functional and esthetic occlusion.

The primary reasons for considering interceptive care are as follows:

  • To prevent improper growth of the jaws that may be causing an underbite, an overbite, crossbite or shifting bite.
  • To eliminate a destructive habit such as thumb/finger sucking or tongue thrusting.
  • To reposition one or more teeth that are occluding in such a way that they are damaging the enamel of other teeth.
  • To prevent trauma to teeth that are too far forward. This is especially true of the athletically inclined.
  • To reposition teeth that are cosmetically poor and the risk of peer ridicule and low self-esteem.
  • Interceptive care allows us to treat the patient most successfully: the best smile, facial profile and the most stable final result.

 

2. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen - Invisalign Teen takes a modern approach to straightening teeth. The Invisalign tooth straightening system is a completely revolutionary and sophisticated tooth alignment system that utilizes an invisible plastic retainers, which are designed to slowly realign your teeth into the perfect straight smile that you've always been dreaming of. Invisalign Teen is comfortable, affordable and effective. You can continue brushing and flossing the way you normally do. And without braces, it's easier to maintain better oral hygiene. Plus...without brackets and wires, you'll have the confidence of a great smile even during treatment. Invisalign Teen treatment makes sure that you achieve your straight smile in as comfortable and esthetic fashion as possible.

Having straight teeth is important not only for teens, but for adults as well. As we grow older, our teeth tend to grow inward, creating crowding - a common problem for many adults. As a result, it may be difficult to keep teeth clean and healthy. Straightening your teeth with the Invisalign system can treat the crowding and thereby help you maintain your dental health. It can also help you get the smile you've always wanted! Invisalign treatment is a technique that straightens your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-modeled to fit your teeth. The virtually undetectable aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you'll be proud of.

Dr. Spannhake and her staff specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Please contact our office to schedule a complimentary examination to see if the Invisalign treatment system is right for you.

3. Zoom Tooth Whitening System - A two hour in-office procedure that can lighten the color of teeth 5 - 8 shades. Today’s dental advances allow teeth to be whitened from even intrinsic stains, which gives hope to many who thought teeth whitening was not an option for them. At Spannhake Orthodontics, we offer an in-office whitening process that can help most people achieve remarkable results.

The Zoom Whitening System is a procedure that begins with a painless preparation that isolates your teeth while protecting your gums and lips. Next, the Zoom gel is applied to your teeth and treated with the specially-designed light. Together, this helps stains and discoloration break up. The gel is applied in three or four, 15-minute sessions. You’ll be finished in 90 minutes – and will have a brighter, whiter smile to show for it. Patients who Zoom are also provided with custom made take home trays which allows you to continue the process at home or use for touchups later.

Dr. Spannhake and her staff want to make sure your smile is at its dazzling best! Please schedule a consultation to see if our new tooth whitening system can benefit you.

4. Video Imaging - We utilize the latest in computer-assisted video imaging. The computer captures and records patients’ pictures through the use of digital photography. These images can then be altered to simulate jaw growth, surgical procedures, and other treatment results.

5. Incognito™ - Cast gold braces that are placed behind the teeth and are invisible. Incognitio braces are a new generation of orthodontic braces for teens and adults. The brackets are customized and molded to fit to each specific tooth shape. Incognito braces are placed behind the teeth so they are hidden from view. The archwires are fabricated using robotic technology and are made to precisely move the teeth as efficiently as possible. These unique braces are customized to the shape of the teeth and to a patient’s specific dental situation. Click here for more information on Incognito.

6. Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) - What are TADs and how do they apply to orthodontics? TADs are tiny pins that are placed in the mouth by Dr. Spannhake or an oral surgeon, which assist the doctor in moving teeth quicker and with more accuracy. Manufactured of medical grade titanium, and engineered with smooth contours, TADs cause minimal gum and lip irritation. Smaller in length than a finger nail, they are virtually undetectable. TADs remain stable in the mouth providing anchorage for Dr. Spannhake. This allows Dr. Spannhake to move only the desired teeth with the utmost accuracy, resulting in better smiles achieved quickly and more comfortably.

7. Soft Tissue Laser Techniques - Dr. Spannhake is experienced with soft tissue laser techniques; this new technology enables them to easily reshape the gum tissue and expose healthy tooth structure. The soft tissue laser may be used to cosmetically reshape the architecture of the gums and improve the appearance of a "gummy smile" or an asymmetric gumline. The laser can also be used to remove excess gum tissue around an unerupted tooth so that a bracket may be bonded and orthodontic movement can be initiated.

8. Custom-made Mouthguards and Under Armour Sport Performance Mouthpieces - Most recently, our practice has teamed up with Under Armour and Bite Tech, Inc. to offer a superior line of Performance Mouthwear. As strong advocates of beautiful smiles, we hope to stress to our patients the importance of protecting the teeth and oral soft tissues. As an authorized provider, we can select, fit, and fabricate a product to meet the needs of each of our unique athletes. The UA Performance Mouthpiece is usually most appropriate for non-contact sports, such as baseball, golf, tennis, cycling and running. This device prevents the athlete’s teeth from clenching and grinding, and relieves the load on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). As a result, fewer performance-sapping hormones are produced, which helps to improve strength, endurance and reaction time, and reduce stress. The UA Performance Mouthguard provides customized protection during contact sports, such as football, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, and wrestling and with the mouthguard, reduces impact from blows to the jaw. Click here for more information on Under Armour.

9. iTero Intra-oral Digital Scanner - No more impressions. The Itero scanner takes a digital impression of the teeth; eliminating the need for traditional impressions. The result is a more accurate diagnostic model, Invisalign aligners or an orthodontic appliance. The Itero scanner is capable of mapping your mouth to help Dr. Spannhake treat you more effectively.

10. Sleep Apnea - Sleep Apnea is caused by obstructions to the airway while sleeping. Treatments range from using a specialized mask at night, surgery or using an oral appliance. Your individual treatment plan depends on the results of your examination, x-rays and a sleep study. Click here for more information on Sleep Apnea treatment.

11. Snoring - Sleep Disordered Breathing, more commonly referred to as snoring, can cause a multitude of health problems as well as disrupt your partner. With the use of certain orthodontic appliances you can stop the night time disruption and improve your health. Click here for more information on what you can do to stop snoring.




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