Welcome to Coastal Orthodontics
Types of Braces
Traditional Braces – Metal braces are the most common type of braces. These are more comfortable today than ever before! Metal brackets are made of high-grade stainless steel and straighten your teeth using archwires. You also have the option of adding colored elastics for a more unique and colorful smile. Dr. Torres uses American Orthodontics metal brackets.
Ceramic/Clear Braces – This more aesthetically pleasing option uses braces made of clear materials that are less visible on your teeth. They are less prominent but require more attention to detail because the ceramic is more brittle than their metal counterparts.
Clear Aligners – Plastic aligners use no brackets or wires. Dr. Torres uses EZ-Align. Using a set of clear trays, this system works by progressively moving your teeth as your change aligners. This is another aesthetically pleasing option for patients who do not want the appearance of metal braces.
Ask Dr. Torres at your complimentary consultation which option is right for you!
Getting Started With Orthodontic Treatment
Before braces are placed, patients must visit a dentist for an exam and have any necessary fillings. Patients should visit the dentist every 6 months for a thorough examination and cleaning. Before each orthodontic appointment, patients are encouraged to brush their teeth.
Your appointments are scheduled to fit your busy lifestyle. Our staff makes every effort to accommodate each patient’s schedule. In order to help us continue to schedule efficiently, a 24-hour notice is required to cancel an orthodontic appointment.
Orthodontic treatment may last from 18 to 36 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Appointments are typically scheduled 4 to 12 weeks apart. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper hygiene and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment early.
We encourage patients to ask questions about their orthodontic treatment. At a patient’s first visit, Dr. Torres will inform patients and/or parents about important treatment details.
Coastal Orthodontics is proud to use OSHA Review’s Spore Check System to ensure proper sterilization of our tools.
We maintain strict standards and procedures to prevent unauthorized access to your personal information and ensure correct use of information. While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure the security of any information that you transmit to us over the internet and you do so at your own risk. However, once we receive your transmission, we take reasonable steps to ensure that your information is secure on our systems.