Orthodontics

Picture someone wearing braces—how old are they? Most people imagine a child or a teenager when they think about the average orthodontic patient. However, approximately 20% of all people with orthodontics are over the age of 18, and an increasing number of adults are choosing to fix teeth that have bothered them for cosmetic or functional reasons (or both). Today there are more options than ever for individuals of all ages to enhance their smiles. Traditional braces are still a popular option. They are often the most affordable choice and they can address a wide range of concerns both simple and complex. But if a “metal mouth” makes you nervous, there are other excellent methods to straighten the teeth, such […]

With its discreet appearance and brief treatment time, Invisalign® has quickly become one of the most popular ways to address bite misalignment. If you’re considering this orthodontic approach to straighten your teeth, our experienced orthodontists and preferred Invisalign® providers, Dr. Kenneth Banasiak and Dr. Roger Nettune, can evaluate your dental concerns and develop a customized treatment plan. Additionally, they will detail the cost of the procedure during your initial consultation so you can make the best decision for your needs and goals. Many dental professionals offer Invisalign®, but only orthodontists are specially trained in manipulating teeth. This allows them to develop the most accurate and streamlined treatment plan possible. As a result, selecting a skilled orthodontist is a smart choice […]

Clear braces can make straightening teeth a more comfortable experience. But many potential patients wonder if Invisalign® can be as effective as traditional braces. Every person’s oral care needs are unique, which is why our board certified orthodontists, Dr. Kenneth Banasiak and Dr. Roger Nettune, believe a consultation is the best way to determine which orthodontic technique will offer the best possible results. It may be helpful to know that Invisalign® is capable of addressing a wide range of issues. Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligner trays to gently and gradually shift the position of the teeth. As a result, this method can help to correct many common and complex dental concerns, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, crowding, and gaps. […]

Our board certified orthodontists, Dr. Kenneth Banasiak and Dr. Roger Nettune, are Invisalign® preferred providers. This innovative alternative to traditional braces can be a great way to enhance oral function and straighten teeth with greater comfort and discretion than ever before. If you’re considering this treatment and would like to know more, we have provided some answers to commonly asked questions to help you become more familiar with Invisalign®. How does Invisalign® work? Using a series of customized clear aligner trays, Invisalign® can gently and gradually shift the position of teeth into the desired location. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and then the patient can move on to the successive aligner. How long does Invisalign® take to […]

Dentists and orthodontists have more in common than you might think, but the few differences between them are very important. Both professionals undergo broad training in dentistry for four years that leads either to a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DDM (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. Dentists often stop here; however, orthodontists continue their education to achieve greater specialization in the movement of the teeth, jaw, and oral structures (orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics). Highly trained and experienced orthodontists will then go on to earn certification from the American Board of Orthodontics, as Dr. Kenneth Banasiak and Dr. Roger Nettune, our skilled orthodontists, have done. Dentists offer a wide range of dental treatments, including routine teeth and gum care, […]

It’s no easy feat to have one of the best smiles in Hollywood. The reality TV starlet Kristin Cavallari attributes her gorgeous smile to routine oral hygiene, the removal of two impacted wisdom teeth, and having undergone orthodontic treatment. Kristin’s treatment began in sixth grade when she was fitted with a device Drs. Roger Nettune and Kenneth Banasiak and our team call a palatal expander, which is used to guide upper jaw growth in our younger patients. What is a palatal expander? A palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by applying gentle pressure on your upper molars, and is used to make the bottom and upper teeth fit together better. In addition, palatal expanders work to create more […]