Orthodontic Treatment

Better Smiles, Sleep, and Bite

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

  • Orthodontic Treatment Improves Sleep QualityOrthodontic treatment might not seem connected to sleep issues, but TMJ disorders and teeth grinding (bruxism) can disrupt sleep quality. Braces can help correct the underlying bite issues that contribute to teeth grinding, leading to better sleep and reducing the risk of associated problems like sleep apnea.
  • Orthodontic Bite Correction Reduces Jaw Pain and Headaches – Misaligned teeth and bite issues can cause jaw strain, leading to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. TMJ disorders can cause chronic jaw pain, headaches, and even migraines. Braces can correct these alignment issues, alleviating pain and discomfort.
  • The Smile You’ve Always Wanted – Aesthetic Appeal – Whether you’ve been self-conscious about your smile for years or are simply looking to improve your oral health, adult orthodontic treatment can be a transformative experience. With advancements in technology, personalized treatment plans, and a wider range of discreet options, there’s never been a better time to achieve the confident, healthy smile you deserve
person with orthodontics treatment on their teeth, smile, from longmont braces

What to expect during orthodontic treatment?

We are a fun, professional practice dedicated to your best smile.

Free Consultation

We’ll take digital photos of your teeth. Dr. Ross will discuss customized treatment options, treatment length, cost, and answer any questions you may have.

Treatment

We’ll place the orthodontic treatment, teach you how to take care of it, and answer your questions.

Follow-up

You’ll have regular followup visits where we’ll re-assess your progress and continue your journey to your best smile and bite.

Questions about Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws to improve oral health and aesthetics.

Common Orthodontic Issues

  • Crowding of Teeth: Early detection can help plan out space management and avoid more complex orthodontic treatments later.
  • Spacing Issues: Identifying gaps early can aid in determining the cause, such as missing teeth or natural spacing, and addressing it effectively.
  • Misaligned Jaw: Evaluating jaw alignment early can prevent future issues with chewing, speaking, and wear on teeth.
  • Bite Problems: Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite can all be spotted early, leading to interventions that prevent further complications.
  • Habits Impacting Orthodontic Health: Addressing habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting during a consultation can prevent or correct orthodontic problems.
  • Early Loss of Baby Teeth: If baby teeth are lost too early, it might affect the alignment of the incoming permanent teeth, which can be managed with early intervention.
  • Protruding Teeth: Early correction can reduce the risk of injury and improve appearance and self-confidence.

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age! We recommend taking advantage of our free consultation. Issues addressed early can be minimized and sometimes we can prevent costly treatments later. It’s best to have a good plan in place to reduce cost and work around your schedule and goals.

Proactive early evaluation allows the orthodontist to become a partner with caregivers in the guided growth of their child’s teeth and bite. The evaluation allows the orthodontist to assess the child’s oral health state, evaluate existing issues, and identify potential future problems. For instance, orthodontic problems such as crowding, spacing, or bite discrepancies can be flagged and addressed, reducing the possibility of more invasive treatment down the line. Comprehensive evaluations guide orthodontic interventions, ensuring the most appropriate preventive and corrective actions are taken in a timely manner.

Your first orthodontic appointment will be when you get the new appliances (braces, expanders, Invisalign, etc.) placed. Getting appliances placed usually takes between one and two hours. You will then see us at regular intervals four to eight weeks apart for your adjustment. As long as nothing is broken, these adjustments take about 30 minutes.

For answers to more questions about orthodontics, visit our Orthodontics Questions page.

Meet our Orthodontist, Dr. Stephanie Ross

Orthodontist Dr. Stephanie Ross, DDS MSD, a proud Longmont native and Niwot High School alumna, is an esteemed orthodontist practicing in her hometown.

After earning her undergraduate degree from Trinity University and her DDS from the University of Colorado, she completed her residency in Honolulu before obtaining a master’s degree in orthodontics back at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Ross is affiliated with the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists and the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society.

Passionate about transforming smiles and lives, Dr. Ross cherishes the daily opportunity to boost her patients’ confidence and self-esteem.

Outside the office, she enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, playing piano, and reading, alongside contributing to the community by coaching sports teams and supporting local schools.

Dr. Stephanie Ross, Orthodontist in Longmont, Colorado