Orthodontic treatment no longer means having a mouth full of unsightly metal wires and brackets. Clarity braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Dr. Ritter uses a new form of Clarity called Clarity Advanced. They are her favorite aesthetic brackets to use. If you are interested in clear braces, Dr. Ritter will talk to you about your options.
Incognito braces are custom made just for your teeth and are placed behind the teeth..also known as "lingual" braces. There are pros and cons to this type of treatment. Depending on your bite, you may or may not be a good candidate for these. Dr. Ritter will educate you more about this and what you are a good candidate during your first exam.
What is dentofacial orthopedics? Many patients wonder what it means when their orthodontist specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This specialization means that your doctor has training and experience in working with the management of tooth movement (orthodontics) as well as the guidance of facial growth and development (dentofacial orthopedics), which usually occurs during childhood. Dr. Ritter has years of experience working with dentofacial orthopedics.
What is TMJ/TMD and why does it matter to you? Temporomandibular Disorder is a condition where the joints in your jaw become sore and movement is restricted. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic face and neck pains as well as recurring headaches. These can all be signs of a TMD/TMJ condition that may require treatment...
Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but surgical orthodontics may be needed in some cases to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well. Not all orthodontists have been trained to do surgical orthodontics. Dr. Ritter's training at UNC included working with the dentofacial surgical team. Together they would work on orthodontic and surgical treatment planning on patients with severe bite and jaw problems. Dr. Ritter in her own practice, now has years of experience with surgical orthodontics. She still works with the surgeons at UNC to provide these patients the best of treatment. If you are a patient in need of surgical orthodontics, Dr. Ritter will take extra steps in making sure you are comfortable with the decisions of your treatment. In doing this, she has a computer program in which your x-rays and digital photos can show you before and after simulations of your face with surgery. This is extremely helpful for many patients before making the decision on whether surgerical orthodontics is right for them.