Crooked teeth can affect the appearance of your smile, make it difficult to eat and talk, and lead to oral health and hygiene problems down the road. Both adults and children can suffer from misaligned teeth and jaws, but many people don’t understand what the culprit is or how to address it. Since crooked teeth can cause long-term health and lifestyle challenges, it’s important to understand what’s causing yours and what orthodontic treatments could help.
Orthodontist serving Stapleton, Denver, Cherry Creek & Nearby Areas of Colorado
Are you in college in Colorado and considering straightening your teeth? Dr. Robert Rudman is an experienced orthodontist who has spent his career caring for patients of all ages, from children, to young adults to older adults. It's never too late to get the healthy, attractive smile you deserve.
You know the reasons why you should get braces: straighter teeth, an aligned bite, a confident smile and improved self-esteem. However, if you’re like some of our older Stapleton patients, the very thought of orthodontics is unnerving, eliciting visions of embarrassment and discomfort.
In recent years it has become increasingly common for many dentists to recommend a two-phase orthodontics treatment regimen in the Stapleton area. Early treatment plans, often called Phase 1 orthodontic treatment, are developed for children as young as 5, but age 7 is considered to be optimal. Two-phase orthodontic treatment plans are designed to get the best results and eliminate the need for extractions.
Getting a child braces is an investment for any family. However, the nature of that investment will vary depending on your child’s individual needs. If you’re considering orthodontics and you live in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver, Dr. Robert Rudman can examine your child’s teeth and bite during a complimentary screening.
If a flexible spending account (FSA) is part of your employer’s insurance plan, it’s time to start thinking about how to spend those pre-tax dollars. Most FSA funds must be spent before the end of the calendar year. For Stapleton families with one or more members who need straighter teeth, orthodontics is one of the most popular investments for flex spending.
Many patients who are about to get their braces off feel a sense of relief when the big day arrives. However, just because your apparatus is off doesn’t mean you’re “free.” Retainers are a crucial part of orthodontic treatment for our Stapleton patients.
Frederick Churbuck, a patient of Denver orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman, is the first U.S. resident to complete orthodontic treatment with AcceleDent; using the small device designed to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement, Mr. Churbuck was able to have his braces removed after about nine months of treatment instead of the 18 months initially predicted.
“My teeth are beautiful, and in nine months,” Mr. Churbuck said of AcceleDent treatment. “It feels too good to be true.”
Since people often associate braces with children and adolescents, many adults are uncomfortable at the thought of wearing braces around the workplace and among their peers. However, close to 50% of our patients at Cherry Creek Orthodontics are adults – and 10% of those adults are over the age of 55.