Orthodontic Treatment

What to Expect for New Orthodontic Patients

Cregger Assets 3 colored blocks
In addition to formal dental school, orthodontists complete an additional 2-3 years of training to understand how to diagnose and treat crooked teeth as well as teeth that may have shifted from thumb sucking, bad bites, or natural shifting. In order to produce straight teeth, our orthodontist, Dr. Fred Schwendemen, suggests a two-phase approach for children with orthodontics issues. We also proudly offer options for adult braces too! Your oral health as well as beautiful smile are vital and, at Bozeman Smiles, we want to provide you with the best in orthodontic treatment no matter your age.

Scheduling an Orthodontic Consultation

Ready to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation? Contact us to get started on creating your dream smile!
little girl smiling at camera

Your First Visit

On your first visit to Bozeman Smiles, Dr. Schwendeman, will complete an oral exam to assess what steps may be needed for proper tooth alignment. During this consultation, Dr. Schwendeman and the staff will examine your teeth to determine the best plan for straightening your bite and creating proper alignment for your smile. As a part of your treatment, there are multiple types of braces offered like traditional braces, metal braces, and ceramic braces.

Orthodontic Treatment Journey

Phase 1

Bozeman Smiles and the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive an initial check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. By this age, children’s teeth and jaws have developed enough to evaluate how their smile is progressing. This information can be helpful in determining if any removable appliances or fixed appliances can help promote a healthy jaw and teeth structure as the mouth matures.

If Dr. Schwendeman notices any severe issues in young patients, he may recommend Phase 1 treatment. This could include metal brackets or other appliances that will move your child’s baby teeth as their smile and jaw develop. Usually, this treatment plan lasts around 12 months; however, more severe orthodontics issues may require 6 to 18 months of phase 1 orthodontic treatment.

Phase 2

After Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is complete, young patients will generally begin phase 2 of their orthodontic treatment plan. During this phase, the goal is to position the permanent teeth in a way that creates a beautiful, mature smile as well as good oral health. Having permanent teeth with proper alignment decreases the risk of future dental issues.

Adult Braces

One in four orthodontic patients is an adult. It is becoming more routine for adult patients to seek orthodontic treatment for their smiles as well as overall oral health. Adult teeth are able to be treated similarly to younger patients with a treatment plan that fits their lifestyle. Our initial consultation can provide more information on the comfortable, easy way of achieving a lasting, beautiful smile.

Indirect Bonding

Dr. Schwendeman utilizes suresmile | elemetrix IDB 3D automation for rapid digital evaluation and adjustment of bracket placement. You’ll achieve placement with the accuracy of a jig, but with the chairside efficiency of a tray. Precision occlusal fit and a compact design deliver confident placement while improving patient comfort.

little girl smiling at camera
• Rapid & comfortable bracket placement
• Completely adjustable bracket & tooth position • Simulations of projected tooth movement
• Control over tray segmentation design
• Direct access to brackets during bonding for ease of flash removal

Types of Retainers

Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a variety of colors.

Fixed Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Clear Retainer

The clear retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Clear retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable and easy to wear.

Paying for Orthodontic Treatment

After your consultation, we will craft a treatment plan that is unique to you and addresses all of your orthodontic needs. The next step is discussing insurance and payment options. For orthodontic treatment, there are multiple variables that affect cost like length of treatment plan, additional dental appliances, types of braces, and other factors. Our staff will discuss all of your payment options with you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to working with our patients so they feel comfortable making the best choice for their treatment.