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Invisalign


Invisalign is recognized all over the world for its revolutionary way of helping people achieve their dream smiles. Minimally invasive, the treatment makes it easy for patients to correct their dental issues without inconvenience or discomfort. Whether you are a teenager or an adult, it can help you deal with your overbite, get straighter teeth, and improve the way you look.

 

Kelleher Orthodontics understands the benefits offered by this patented system, and we are committed to ensuring that you will experience them to the fullest extent. As an Invisalign provider in Davis and Folsom, CA, Dr. Robert Kelleher, DDS is dedicated to delivering high-quality services that can greatly enhance smiles and improve overall oral health.

Orthodontic in Children

 

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7 as an appropriate age to have children first evaluated for orthodontic issues. This does not mean that treatment would begin at age 7, but rather is a point in time to begin planning for future care, if conditions are noted. In adolescents, beginning orthodontic treatment before age 12 to 13 (Early Treatment or Phase One Treatment) can be advantageous for better results and often lead to less expensive care overall; before growth has been completed.

 

There are some specific situations where early treatment in children is critical to the long-term needs of younger orthodontic patients. These include a narrow upper jaw, cross bites with front or back teeth, trapped teeth (from crowding), ectopic teeth (teeth way off course in their developmental position), open bites with front teeth, tongue thrusts or thumb sucking habits, lower jaws that are too retruded (very little chin) or too protruded (too much chin). Also, cleft lip and cleft palate conditions require preparatory work for surgeries, etc. Early treatment may be indicated when it is felt that ignoring an early problem carries the risk of adding unnecessary additional time, complexity or overall expense to your child’s orthodontic care. Sometimes, early orthodontic intervention can obviate the need for more care, after all permanent teeth are in.

 

Damon Braces


The Damon System bracket is self-ligating, so it eliminates the need for elastic ties to keep the wire in. Without a tie, the braces stay clean and friction is reduced allowing your treatment to progress more efficiently and with less discomfort along the way. Damon System braces are available with both a metal and an aesthetic option.

Invisible Braces

 

Invisible braces are an excellent option for adults with professional concerns of having braces. The braces are made of ceramic, are the natural color of teeth, and are barely noticeable. They are also more comfortable because the ceramic has softer curves for bracket shape. These brackets can require slightly more time for treatment as brackets sometime need replacing due to breakage. Overall, though, they are an excellent option for adults. Sometimes, braces can be placed on the inside of teeth surfaces, which is less efficient than being placed on the outside surfaces of teeth.

Surgical Orthodontics


Alleviate bite problems or facial esthetic concerns that cannot be properly corrected with braces alone. In cases where the skeletal foundation of the jaw is significantly out of facial harmony with the rest of the face and head, orthodontic correction, alone, may not be enough to restore the necessary harmony and function of a healthy bite, or even an ideal facial profile. In these cases, we sometimes rely on the assistance of an oral surgeon or, sometimes, plastic surgeon to help provide a more balanced skeletal and facial foundation.

 

Braces are needed because surgery by itself is usually not possible in fully resolving the fit and function of properly functioning jaws. We make every effort to avoid jaw surgery, but in some cases, it can be very effective in achieving the most desirable results.

TMJ Syndrome

 

Chronic headaches can be related to the health and integrity of your TMJ (or temperomandibular joint). Interestingly, it is not uncommon for there to be a correlation between an imbalanced, dysfunctional bite and an increased tendency with chronic headaches; mostly caused by compensatory, destructive clenching habits. An imbalanced bite can trigger muscular spasms in and around your jaw joint that can turn into profound headaches and/or clicking or popping of the jaw joint. These headaches generally begin at the temples and often spread into the neck and back muscles. Soreness in the biting muscles and resultant headaches are often most profound in the early morning. Eventual breakdown of the jaw joint can be associated with a bite that is out of balance. TMJ breakdown can also result from injury, genetics, and emotional stress. However, it can also simply result from forces within an imbalanced (dysfunctional) jaw joint that exceed the joint’s capacity to resist wear. Identifying obvious triggers that can aggravate nighttime wear and these damaging forces is part of what we will be addressing.

 

Sleep Apnea Problems

 

Sleep apnea is a condition that not only afflicts adults, but, surprisingly, children as well. Sometimes, it is the orthodontist who has the first chance to help diagnose sleep apnea. It is usually found in older patients, caused by an obstruction in the airway such that normal breathing, oxygenation of the blood, and deep sleep are not functioning optimally. Excess weight (fat) can place indirect pressure on the airway (or the airway just collapses for other specific and non-specific reasons), such that snoring may occur, and patients stop breathing as much as 20 to 30 times in an hour’s sleep time. This triggers a signal to the brain to stop sleeping deeply. This alternating cycle allows breathing to restart” intermittently and is so brief that patients have no awareness of the problem, other than producing a feeling of being drowsy in the morning or having headaches associated with the drowsiness.

 

The orthodontist can interpret certain other anatomic and physiologic anomalies as well. Tonsils, adenoids, a retrusive jaw (too far back into the throat) or narrow upper jaw can be associated with sleep apnea. It is a serious condition that should not be ignored, as there are other medical and psychological consequences that can result from not sleeping well at night. If it is felt that you or your child has any signs of sleep apnea, we will refer you to your family physician, who may, in turn, advise a sleep study. Children’s growth and emotional health can be negatively affected by sleep apnea, as Growth Hormone in children is actually released during the deepest levels of sleep. If deep levels of sleep are not occurring due to breathing limitations, a chain reaction of medical consequences may unfold.

 

Dr. Kelleher has created a practice in which quality always comes first.

Striving to be your one-stop orthodontic practice, we offer services for the entire family. You are assured of having all your oral health needs addressed, as well as finding a trustworthy guiding hand toward protecting your dental health. Experience the difference, and flash the smile you have always wanted to show off!


Each of our staff treats our patients as they would like to be treated. We believe our patients’ chief concern is of paramount importance as a starting point and ending point in determining which treatment option(s) will lead to the greatest success.

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