Orthodontic treatment has changed a lot since we began creating beautiful smiles and we’ve been fortunate to be among the doctors who lead the way in improving both the technologies and the techniques used by orthodontists around the world today. There are more options than ever and the treatment process is now more appealing, with fewer office visits, various treatment options and extraordinary results.
Industry-changing innovations, like the Damon System, have revolutionized the orthodontic experience making it more comfortable and more convenient – and our doctors are the only ones in the area who have helped to refine both the brackets used and the approaches that are making the entire profession better. Dr. Cercone, Dr. Wear and Dr. Eliason are Sonoma County’s technology leaders and they share that expertise and knowledge with their patients through personalized treatment options. That means our patients can choose the option that is the best fit for them, makes the time in treatment faster and offers the most cosmetic choice.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic examination should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or between the ages of 7 and 9. 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 things while their 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 “Kids’ Club”, a 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 lifetime.
Drs. Cercone, Wear and Eliason use the Damon System® for both kids and adults. Damon braces don’t require any tightening so treatment is more comfortable and these revolutionary braces are available in both metal and clear, aesthetic varieties so you can get the best result without drawing attention to the fact you’re in treatment. We also offer the Invisalign® System and Invisalign® for teens which allow us to improve your smile without braces.
The technologies we use are amazing – and you can find out more by visiting the Damon and Invisalign pages here in our website – but ultimately it’s the way you’re treated that makes the difference. Lots of doctors use Damon and Invisalign, but the experience of the doctors has a profound impact on the patients’ experience and outcomes.
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.
We are pleased to offer our patients the Damon System. These self-ligating braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. With the help of this appliance, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!
We specialize in the all new Damon® Q which provides the latest advances to the Damon® System, including strong and extremely durable brackets made entirely of high-grade stainless steel. The brackets also have smoother, more rounded corners to help provide greater comfort and appear less noticeable than other braces.
Consider Invisalign® to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted – without braces. A complimentary consultation with our doctor can determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign.
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts nine to 15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both numbers will vary from case to case.
See Our Smile Difference
We’re pretty proud of the smiles we create in our offices in Santa Rosa and Windsor – and the people who wear them. Here are just a few of the smiles we’ve helped to create for over 3 generations of Sonoma County residents – people just like you!
The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand. Once your orthodontist begins the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary.
Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser, and in as little as two to three minutes, the laser renders a digitally perfect, 3D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures. Through digital software, you’ll then be able to follow the progress of the scans, including a 3D model of your teeth on our computer screen. The iTero scanner can be used for any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign®.