Early Treatment

Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. By having your child evaluated at this young age, we can advise you about any orthodontic issues that might be on the horizon. In some cases, we will recommend early, interceptive treatment. With early treatment we can take the least invasive approach to everything from making room for adult teeth to advancing and/or expanding your child’s jaw. Addressing these issues while they’re bones are growing gives us the ability to address things that, left unchecked, could require surgery and more invasive approaches in the future. But many children don’t need early treatment. That’s why we’ve created our Growth & Guidance program. If your child is in our growth and observation program, that means they aren’t yet ready for treatment but we’re monitoring their growth until they’re ready. Their growth and observation appointments will be scheduled every 6 to 12 months and won’t cost you a thing. Plus, they will learn great habits that will help them maintain a healthy, beautiful smile throughout their life. Reasons For Treatment Class II – Class II problems represent abnormal bite relationships […] Crossbite – Posterior crossbites usually result from a constricted […] Open Bite – A lack of vertical overlap of the incisor teeth can usu […] Class III – Class III problems are also primarily genetic in origin […] Spacing – Spaces between teeth are another common problem associa […] Crowding – Posterior crossbites usually result from a constricted […] Normal Bite – A normal bite... Read More
Treatment Benefits

Treatment Benefits

Orthodontics offers the promise of an attractive smile and so much more… Orthodontics enhances the quality of life for people of all ages. A beautiful smile allows children and teens to be more self-confident. Since braces have become smaller and treatment times shortened, more adults than ever before are also undergoing orthodontic treatment. An individual’s self-esteem increases as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned. The alignment of the jaws and teeth will also enable the patient to achieve better occlusion, an improved bite and a more proportional facial structure. In post-treatment photographs, we’ve often noticed that patients sit up straighter, are more eager to smile and more confident in their overall appearance! After treatment, patients are able to chew their food more easily. Chewing is the first step in digestion. If teeth are crooked, food will not be chewed properly, which often leads to recurrent indigestion. An individual may seek treatment to alleviate or prevent health problems. Crooked teeth are hard to clean so individuals with crooked teeth tend to have more cavities and gum problems. These problems become progressively worse with time as the teeth become more twisted and crowded. Orthodontics can prevent problems associated with a “bad bite.” A poor bite can contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort, facial pain, temporal headaches, speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries. Patients learn tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During orthodontic treatment, Dr. Black and his staff will give patients helpful hints for keeping their braces and clinical appliances clean. They will also teach patients about maintaining good oral hygiene so that results will last a... Read More
Invisalign – The Clear Alternatives to Braces

Invisalign – The Clear Alternatives to Braces

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen Dr. Black is Asheville’s leading provider of Invisalign. In fact, he’s in the top 5% of all Invisalign providers in the world. That means he can straighten your teeth without drawing attention to the fact you’re in treatment. It’s a great way for adults and older teens to get the smile they’ve always wanted. Invisalign uses high-tech, 3-D computer models of your teeth to create a treatment plan that gives you the ultimate freedom. Freedom to eat whatever you want, freedom to brush and floss normally – and freedom to go through treatment without anyone knowing. Plus, you can even take the aligners out when... Read More
Damon System Braces

Damon System Braces

With the Damon System we can provide treatment without tightening. It’s more comfortable and requires fewer office visits, but what really sets treatment with the Damon System apart is something called passive self-ligation. With this approach, lighter forces not only make treatment more comfortable, but also provide broader, wider smiles. Damon and Damon Clear If you’ve been told your treatment will require tooth extractions, headgear, rapid palatal expanders and/or surgery, the Damon System from Dr. Keith Black could help you avoid most or all of those formerly common elements of treatment. Plus, it’s faster and more comfortable and the results speak for themselves. Damon braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties Damon braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment. Now Damon Clear is available for an even more discreet... Read More