DeQuattro Orthodontics Can Improve Your Smile
A visit to the dentist biannually can help keep your oral health in check. However, when it comes to orthodontic problems, an orthodontic specialist is usually needed. At DeQuattro Orthodontics, Dr. Frank DeQuattro and our dental team are dedicated to enhancing your smile for years to come.
Orthodontic specialists focus on ensuring that your teeth and jaw properly align for optimal health. If you’re in the southern Rhode Island area and looking for an experienced orthodontist to address your dental concerns, Dr. DeQuattro and his team can provide the care you need.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatments help ensure proper teeth and jaw function to create healthy, beautiful smiles. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean and maintain and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures. Experts in this field can fix many orthodontic problems, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowding or gapped teeth
- Protrusion (under or overbite)
- Jaw growth problems
Most problems are inherited, such as spacing, and extra or missing teeth. Others can be a result of thumb and finger sucking, dental disease, early or late loss of baby teeth, and so on.
Our goal is to ensure our patients get the stunning smile they desire while also ensuring they’re maintaining their optimal health. Our Westerly and Wakefield office offers a variety of options to align your teeth, including:
Invisalign® is an excellent option for those seeking a more discreet way to improve their smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Our patients love the convenience and flexibility that Invisalign provides, as well as the confidence boost that comes with achieving a straighter smile. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle or confidence to achieve your dream smile.
LightForce Orthodontic System
The LightForce Orthodontic System is a state-of-the-art treatment option offered at DeQuattro Orthodontics. This advanced system uses 3D printing technology and digital imaging to create customized braces that are tailored to each patient’s unique orthodontic needs. The result is a more comfortable and efficient treatment process, with shorter treatment times and fewer office visits required.
Patients who choose the LightForce system can expect a truly personalized treatment experience. The low profile and discreet braces are engineered for optimal comfort and performance, and the advanced technology ensures more predictable outcomes.
After completing orthodontic treatment, it’s crucial to maintain the results with a retainer. A retainer is a custom-made device that helps keep your teeth in their new, corrected positions. At DeQuattro Orthodontics, we offer various retainers to meet our patient’s unique needs.
Retainers can be made from various materials, including clear plastic or wire. Depending on the patient’s need, they can be removable or fixed in place. We work closely with our patients to determine the best type of retainer for their situations.
Tooth Width Adjustment
A tooth-width adjustment procedure can improve the appearance of your smile by correcting uneven or disproportionate teeth. At DeQuattro Orthodontics, our orthodontists offer tooth-width adjustment as a non-invasive and affordable way to enhance your smile.
During the procedure, our experienced team will carefully remove a small amount of enamel to adjust the width of your teeth. This can create a more symmetrical and balanced smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
Two-phase treatment is ideal for children with orthodontic issues. This treatment approach aims to correct problems early on before they become more serious and difficult to correct.
During the first phase, which typically starts between ages seven and 10, we work to address issues such as overcrowding, bite problems, and jaw growth. This phase may involve the use of braces or other orthodontic appliances. The second phase of treatment, starting around ages 11 and 12, focuses on fine-tuning the bite and ensuring that teeth are properly aligned.
Palatal expansion is a non-surgical orthodontic procedure that widens a narrow upper jaw. This can help prevent overcrowding, bite issues, and other oral health problems.
During the procedure, our team places an appliance on the roof of the mouth, gradually widening the upper jaw over time. This can lead to a more balanced and symmetrical smile, and help prevent future orthodontic issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best time for treatment is when an orthodontic problem arises, but as a general rule, your child’s first visit should be around age seven. There’s usually an optimal time in your child’s life to achieve the best results, so you won’t regret getting an early consultation from an orthodontic specialist.
If you have misaligned teeth, we encourage visiting an orthodontist to fix your misaligned teeth. Both adults and children can benefit from orthodontic treatments. Receiving orthodontic treatment isn’t just for cosmetic reasons. Orthodontic treatments can help keep your oral health from worsening. When teeth are misaligned, it doesn’t just give a flawed smile, but may lead to:
- Gum disease
- TMJ Disorder
- Digestive issues
- Speech and eating difficulties
Treatment time varies depending on the specific case. Your orthodontist will provide you with a detailed explanation of your treatment plan timeline during your initial consultation. In general, it can range from a few months to a few years.
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the specific case and type of treatment. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage. Ask your orthodontist’s office if they provide financing options and assistance.
A Custom Smile Just For You
If your misaligned teeth are causing you trouble and don’t like the look of your smile, orthodontic treatment is what you need. At DeQuattro Orthodontics, we want you to feel confident in your smile while ensuring your oral health is maintained.
Call our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 or our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 to schedule an appointment with us. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. We’re proud to provide services to Narragansett, South Kingstown, Charlestown, and Weekapaug, RI.