Orthodontics

Dr. Tom Chamberlain

I want to personally welcome you to our website and thank you on exploring orthodontic treatment for you or a family member. Orthodontics is not what it used to be. Today, there are very few extractions, headgear is gone, expander on the roof of your mouth are rare and things are a lot more comfortable. The whole experience is better! As a matter of fact, we treat whole families…adults and children. My training and focus over the years has led me to think more holistically about orthodontic treatment. Our office is proud to be an “airway friendly” office. Meaning, we focus on creating more airway space and breathing as well as aesthetics and function.

Additionally, we offer migraine treatment to those who suffer chronic headaches. Come and see how our office is such a different experience in orthodontics. Finally, take a look at our reviews to find what others have to say about us. I invite you to call us and see how we can help you or your family member.

Two-Phase Treatments

Child Phase I Interceptive (Age 6-10)

When some baby teeth are still present, we can begin to correct problems like severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Facial growth modification can be very effective at this age for some patients.

Child Phase II Interceptive (Age 12-13)

Phase II treatment usually occurs a number of years later. We usually wait for 12-16 additional permanent teeth to erupt before Phase II begins. The goal is to achieve an ideal bite and an amazing smile with all of the permanent teeth.

The Damon® System

Here at our office, we are proud to offer the latest in orthodontics. This braces system is a revolutionary take on traditional braces, fully harnessing their effectiveness while making the process quicker, easier, and more attractive.

Incredible Results In Minimal Time

The Damon System offers speedy treatment without compromising the quality of the end result. While each patient’s experience will be as unique as their smile, you may be able to complete your treatment with Damon months sooner than you would with other systems.

Simple, Yet Effective

Traditional braces have more parts than the Damon System, which means more time in the office, more adjustments to make, and more chances that things will slip out of place from time to time. Damon Braces are simplified in their design, yet they remain precise and effective in their treatment.

Efficient

While we always enjoy catching up with our patients, the Damon System requires fewer adjustments. Fewer adjustments means fewer visits to our office. And that means more free-time and freedom for you.

Superior Comfort

Fewer pieces means that there is less friction caused by the appliance. It also means that the appliance is easy to keep clean, which will help you feel better about your treatment.

We Offer The Absolute Best In Care As Certified Elite Preferred Invisalign Providers

If you have ever looked in the mirror and wished your smile was straighter but shuddered at the thought of braces, you might want to consider treatment with Invisalign. We will conduct an initial examination free of charge; this visit will be used to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment.

The Facts About Invisalign

  • 3-D imaging technology maps your mouth.
  • This mapping is used to create the custom aligners.
  • These aligners are fitted to your teeth and clear, making them invisible to others.
  • You switch to the next aligner in the series every two weeks.
  • Each aligner in the series moves your teeth slightly further, using consistent and gentle pressure.
  • No impressions: we use state-of-the-art 3D digital scanners to make yucky dental molds a thing of the past.
  • You change our the aligners yourself, and can remove them for eating and dental care, so we only see you every six weeks.

What Makes Invisalign So Appealing?

The number one reason people request Invisalign treatment is that no one knows you are straightening your
teeth unless you tell them. However, there are more reasons to choose Invisalign than just the stealthy
treatment. Some other things our patients love about Invisalign treatment include:

  • They need to visit the office less—no wires means no adjustments.
  • The aligners are removable—no need to alter your diet of lifestyle.
  • There are no metal elements—the clear plastic is less abrasive to the tissues of the mouth.

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics is a combined treatment by Dr. Chamberlain and an oral surgeon to correct jaw abnormalities. These issues are determined after reviewing the patient’s X-rays and models.

Dr. Chamberlain initially levels and aligns the teeth in the jawbone, then the oral surgeon positions the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together ideally. This procedure results in the improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe, while also delivering tremendous facial aesthetics.

Candidates

Dr. Chamberlain embraces the latest in orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for this method, however it can still be required in those with improper bites, as well as those with facial aesthetic concerns. All growth must be complete before jaw surgery can be performed (jaw growth is usually complete by 16 years with girls and 18 with boys), however it is very common to begin correcting tooth position while a patient is still growing.

Temporomandibular Disorder

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. Pain in this area is characterized as Temporomandibular Disorder. This joint is similar to many others in the body, and as such, is susceptible to conditions like ankylosis, arthritis, and dislocations.

TMD Symptoms Include:

  • Biting/chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Headaches/earaches in the morning
  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Reduced ability to open/close the mouth

Should you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our office. We can diagnose and provide you with treatment options.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. Each lapse in breathing can last ten seconds to multiple minutes, and may occur 5 to 30+ times an hour. This disorder prevents deep sleep that refreshes the body, and sufferers are frequently drowsy during the day.

Types Of Sleep Apnea

There are three forms of sleep apnea. The most common is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and represents about 84 percent of cases. It occurs due to a physical block of airflow, commonly resulting in snoring. Though rare, during Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort. Some people suffer from mixed or complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of OSA and CSA.

Signs Of Sleep Apnea

Oftentimes, an individual with sleep apnea is unaware of having difficulty breathing, even after waking up short of breath. Others witnessing the individual during episodes usually reveal the problem.

The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, we would be happy to refer you to a sleep apnea specialist.

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Slower reaction time
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty paying attention or working effectively
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night
  • Headaches in the morning

Treatment

Sleep apnea treatment commonly begins with behavioral therapy. Patients who begin sleeping on their side often report improvements. Additionally, we are able to fabricate an oral device designed to shift the lower jaw forward to open the airway.