Orthodontics


Braces & Invisalign in Woodbury, MN

At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, our mission is to help patients throughout Stillwater, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through orthodontic treatment. Our doctors and highly-trained treatment team work closely with our patients to create personalized treatment plans that fit even the busiest lifestyle, and we offer a variety of treatment options ranging from traditional metal braces, clear braces, to Invisalign. But no matter which treatment you choose, it all falls under the broad umbrella of orthodontics. 

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics refers to the science and practice of making changes in the alignment of the smile by moving the teeth. Orthodontics harnesses the body's own natural ability to remake and remodel its own tissue, using gentle, constant forces applied to each individual tooth to influence the teeth to gradually shift to new positions. With time, orthodontic treatment can completely remake the alignment of the teeth and create a brand new smile. This not only can improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile, but can also improve oral health, bite function, and overall health. 

Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary? 

Orthodontic treatment is used to solve bite problems, which are also called malocclusions. Bite problems usually become apparent by age 7. There are a number of common malocclusions, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Spacing issues

Without treatment, these issues can cause a number of problems ranging from increased susceptibility to tooth decay to jaw problems like TMJ. And unfortunately, orthodontic problems tend to get worse over time – not better. 

Orthodontic Treatment at Any Age

The most common time for orthodontic treatment is during the teenage years. This presents an ideal opportunity because we can take advantage of the body's natural growth spurts to move the teeth more quickly, and it's also the first time we can correct the smile while working on the permanent teeth. In some cases, we may opt for starting treatment at an even earlier age. For example, though the use of a palatal expander, we can painlessly widen the upper jaw to create more room in the mouth for teeth. 

But the truth is, we can move healthy teeth at any age, so you're never "too old" for orthodontic treatment. More and more adults are discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and thanks to modern treatment options like Invisalign, it's more convenient than ever to achieve a new smile. In fact, roughly one in five of our patients are adults, and our adult patients often tell us that adult orthodontic treatment offers a variety of benefits that radiate through every aspect of life. 

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

While metal braces are still the most common treatment we offer, these days, they're far from the only option. We're proud to offer a wide variety of treatment options at our practice, and your Woodbury orthodontist will work with you to help you choose the one that's best for your lifestyle. Our treatments include:

Retention & Care After Treatment

No matter which treatment you choose, though, the active phase of your treatment will be followed by a retention phase – and this is critical to the longevity of your smile. While your teeth will be in new positions after finishing with braces, the tissues and ligaments that support them will have yet to adapt to those new positions. Your retainer ensures that your teeth have time to 'set' into their new places, helping to protect your new smile for years to come. But in order to achieve that, it's critical to wear and care for your retainer exactly as directed. 

Schedule a Consultation with Your Stillwater, MN Orthodontist

Orthodontic treatment is a convenient, effective way to achieve a completely new smile, and if you're interested in learning how it can help you, we'd love to speak with you. Take the first step by requesting a consultation with us using our easy online form. We'll help you understand your orthodontic condition, choose the best treatment option for your lifestyle, and start towards your brand new smile. We can't wait to hear from you!

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