What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion”, which means “bad bite”. The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance. After college, an orthodontist must complete four years of dental school and then complete an additional two to three years of advanced specialist training in orthodontics.

What makes Farley Family Orthodontics special?

We pride ourselves in the excellent service and highest quality of care we provide for our patients. In fact, Dr. Farley’s clinical expertise and excellent reputation are well known in the dental community, as Dr. Farley has treated many of our area Dentists, their families, and staff.

Our patients receive the utmost in personal attention from Dr. Farley and his entire staff. Dr. Farley see’s every patient at each visit.

Your treatment is “state of the art”. We use the latest and most advanced orthodontic technology, dental laser technology, digital x-rays, and Impression Scanner Technology. We are one of the few pactices in the area that can provide treatment with out impressions, no more goo.

Dr. Farley is very active in continuing education and stays on the cutting edge of orthodontics. We are one of the few practices in the are that can provide treatment without impressions ”molds” of the teeth.

Dr. Farley treats many complex orthodontic cases, working very closely as a team with your Dentist and other dental specialists to ensure the best possible treatment results.

We are very proud of the fact that dentists recommend us, that parents choose us and that kids love us!

At what age should a child have an orthodontic exam?

Dr. Farley strongly agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists in recommending that every child should have an orthodontic exam no later than age 7. You do not need a referral to visit our practice, just call for an appointment.

Early diagnosis is very important in planning your child’s treatment. Dr. Farley can guide erupting teeth into more favorable positions, preserve space for the permanent teeth and correct jaw growth and development problems. This may limit the need for extraction of permanent teeth or jaw surgery. Early treatment may also shorten treatment time and make treatment easier and less expensive. Most importantly, the results may be better.

Why should I consider braces?

Poorly arranged teeth can wear down prematurely and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease. They can also lead to poor chewing which can further damage healthy teeth. Straight teeth will improve your smile, which is one of the most important features of your face.

At what age is a patient too old for orthodontics?

You are never too old to improve the health and attractiveness of your smile. More and more adults are seeking treatment – in fact, more than 30% of Dr. Farley’s patients are adults. Adults can now choose to wear small, clear braces that are barely noticeable, or even removable, “invisible braces” (Invisalign™).

What is the psychological impact of early treatment?

Appearance has been related to popularity, social behaviors, personality style and self esteem. Treatment may reduce appearance-consciousness and the emotional scarring that can occur during critical development years.

In addition to aesthetic improvements, what are some other benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Additional benefits may include better function, improved cleaning ability, more favorable wear patterns on the teeth and greater longevity of the natural teeth.

Is orthodontic care expensive?

Orthodontic treatment may actually eliminate the need for other costly medical and dental treatment. Furthermore, the physical and psychological benefits usually last a lifetime, making orthodontics an excellent investment in your health and quality of life! We offer several budget options so that finances don’t stand between our patients and their desired treatment. We work with most insurance companies, and accept MasterCard and Visa.

What is Spectralase Soft Tissue Laser Treatment?

It’s the technology that will soon be a must have: soft-tissue diode lasers are becoming an integral part of every practice. The new, user-friendly Spectralase soft-tissue diode laser provides the perfect 21st century solution for achieving remarkable cosmetic and periodontal outcomes—easily and consistently. We have it in our office.