Orthodontics for Healthy Smiles in Austell

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When you’re considering orthodontic treatment, you want someone who’s experienced, reliable, and can offer a treatment that best meets your needs. At Austell Dental Excellence, we combine skill and experience with innovative orthodontics to provide effective service with lasting results. Dr. Terry Hopper and his team are committed to helping you achieve your best smile, and we’ll work with you to find the treatment that’s right for you. Ready for a straighter, healthier smile? Schedule your orthodontic consultation today!


Types of Orthodontics We Offer

We rely on innovative orthodontic options to help our patients achieve straighter teeth. Our available treatments are selected for their ability to make orthodontics more comfortable, convenient, and effective for you.

The types of braces we can offer include:

Choosing the right one for you can come down to several factors, and we want to help you make an informed choice. Dr. Hopper performs a thorough exam of your smile to determine what changes need to be made to enhance your bite, and how we can make your treatment as efficient and effective as possible. He’ll talk you through the details of each type so that you can choose the option that works best for you.

Why is Orthodontics Important?

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It may surprise you to know that a straight smile is about more than aesthetics. The way your teeth meet when speaking or chewing can have a long-term health impact, not only on your digestion, but on how long your smile will last. Uneven wear on your teeth can lead to jaw pain, headaches, fractured teeth, and even more serious damage. Getting your teeth into a healthy position helps you avoid all of these, plus it looks and feels great to boot.

The Benefits of a Straighter Smile

There are many benefits to having a straighter smile, and here are just a few!

Better Health – Not only can you bite and chew more effectively, but you’ll avoid the negative effects of an unhealthy bite, such as jaw soreness and headaches.

Better Hygiene – Teeth that are evenly spaced are easier to clean, reducing the likelihood of cavities and gum disease.

Less Risk of Damage – With a healthy alignment, you’re less likely to experience severe damage from accidents, stress fractures, and uneven wear. You’re also less likely to bite your cheek or tongue.

Better Aesthetics – A straight smile looks healthier, not only in preventing uneven wear, but in the way it shapes your mouth and facial structure.

FastBraces® for Quick, Effective Orthodontic Treatment

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One of the biggest deterrents for people considering braces is the huge time commitment it typically requires. However, thanks to innovations in today’s dental technology, braces no longer need to be a years-long process! FastBraces use patented techniques to deliver quick, noticeable results that are much more than cosmetic. If you’re looking for true, lasting change for your smile, this option can help you achieve it not in years, but in days!

How Do FastBraces Work?

Most braces follow a two-step process that involves first moving the crowns of teeth into position, then gradually shifting the roots to ensure the results are permanent. FastBraces turn this into a single fluid process through a unique braces design and a patented technique for stimulating jawbone growth and movement.

This approach allows Dr. Hopper to streamline your treatment, providing visible results in a very short amount of time. Many patients can complete their treatment and be ready to move on in as little as 120 days.

Who Can Get FastBraces?

FastBraces are designed to address a wide range of dental problems with the same effectiveness as traditional braces. This makes them a great option for most people with orthodontic problems, whether they’re mild or complex. They also aren’t restricted to a certain age and can be used to correct smile alignment for children, teens, and adults.

Here are a few of the dental situations FastBraces can be used to correct:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps and spacing issues
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Teeth too high or too low

Straighten Teeth Conveniently with Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®

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If you’re looking for a discreet, comfortable, and convenient way to straighten your teeth, clear braces could be a worthwhile option for your smile! We offer both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, two of the top-selling styles of clear braces. Both use clear aligner trays custom-designed to fit your smile, and can successfully correct cases of mild to moderate misalignments, especially crooked teeth, gaps, or crowding.

5 Benefits of Clear Braces

Clear braces have become increasingly popular in recent years because of the many benefits they offer their wearers. If you’re considering clear braces for orthodontic treatment, here are five advantages you can look forward to.

  1. Comfortable – Clear braces are designed to fit exactly to your teeth. This means no poking brackets or metal wires, and they won’t affect your speech as traditional braces do. You may forget you’re wearing them at all!
  2. Convenient – These aligners are removable, allowing you to take them off easily when eating or brushing your teeth.
  3. Discreet – The clear aligners fit closely to your teeth, making them nearly invisible to others. Most people won’t even notice that you have them!
  4. Healthy – Being able to remove the aligners to thoroughly brush and floss reduces the chances of gum disease, helping your mouth to stay healthy. Some patients who wear the aligners also find it helps them cut down on frequent snacking.
  5. Safe – A snug fit and no protruding metal makes these braces less likely to cause sores in the mouth. They’re also less likely to break and cause harm, and are a safe choice for those who are active, especially in contact sports.

Which Type Should I Choose?

Dr. Hopper has helped countless patients to straighten their teeth with clear braces. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are effective options for braces, and many patients make good candidates for both. If you have a preference, we’ll be happy to accommodate you, and we can also provide you with more information on either type of braces to help you make a decision.

Getting Kids Started with Orthodontics

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The childhood and teen years are considered ideal for orthodontic treatment. This is because a child’s smile is still growing, which makes it easier for them to receive treatment and for the results to become permanent. Many kids are excited by braces and enjoy sharing the experience with their friends.

If your child is interested in orthodontics, we can evaluate their smile to determine what kind of treatment they need and when the best time to begin would be. Dr. Hopper offers FastBraces for children and teens who need orthodontics, as well as clear braces for responsible older teens and young adults. Whichever option you choose, our innovative treatments will help to make it a positive and rewarding experience for you and your child.

When Should My Child Be Evaluated?

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We recommend most children be evaluated for braces at the age of seven. By this time, they should have all of their primary (baby) teeth and likely have their first adult teeth as well. This gives Dr. Hopper a clear idea of how their smile is developing and whether any significant problems are taking shape. He’ll perform a thorough exam and let you know whether their smile needs quick treatment, whether it’s better to wait for their full set of adult teeth, or if they may not need orthodontics at all.

Some complex problems can present themselves in children even younger than seven. If you’re concerned about your child’s alignment, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Hopper. He’ll be happy to examine your child’s teeth, talk you through the situation, and decide on the best course of action.

Adult Orthodontics

While most people get braces when they’re young, you may be surprised to hear that one in three braces-wearers are adults! A straight, healthy smile is valuable at any age, and with the fast, effective options today, there’s no better time to consider orthodontic treatment for your adult self.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

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Contrary to popular belief, there’s no age limit on getting braces. As long as you have teeth, orthodontics can help you achieve your healthiest smile. FastBraces is especially helpful for adults due to its ability to make adjustments to the jawbone, helping your results become effective and permanent.

Visit Dr. Hopper today to learn more about your adult options for orthodontics!

Straighter Smiles for All Ages

Whether you’re looking for braces for your child or yourself, our innovative and reliable treatments can help achieve the best smile. We strive to make your treatment a positive, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. Contact us today to learn how we can help your smile!


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