With orthodontics, you have the power to not only enhance the appearance of your smile but also improve your oral health. Many people don’t realize that straight teeth are less susceptible to decay and gum disease, and they can even help make it easier for you to chew. When you come in for an orthodontic consultation at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we’ll assess your teeth-straightening needs and identify the best treatment option to get you the straight smile you deserve.Metal braces Invisalign
What Orthodontics Can Fix
Orthodontics can fix a wide range of issues with how your teeth are aligned. Some of the common dental conditions fixed with orthodontics include crowding, crooked teeth, spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and protruding teeth. Our team of orthodontists has experience tailoring treatment plans to each individual patient in order to address their unique concerns and prevent serious problems from occurring in the future.FAQs
Meet Our Orthodontists
Dr. Steven DePasquale
Dr. Steven DePasquale earned his specialty certificate in orthodontics from Jacksonville University. An American Board Certified Orthodontist, he loves what he does and treats all his patients as if they were his own family. Dr. DePasquale believes there should be no obstacles to pursuing the smile of your dreams. It’s never too late to get your teeth straight—he treats patient of all ages, from 7 to 70!Learn More
Dr. Frank Rudey
Dr. Frank Rudey completed a postdoctoral residency in orthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry after earning his dental degree. While practicing in Seattle, he earned special recognition in Seattle Magazine’s 2006 Top Dentists issue, making him the only orthodontist recognized that year in the South Seattle region. Dr. Rudey enjoys improving his patients’ quality of life and self-confidence by helping them have straight, attractive, healthy teeth.Learn More
Our Orthodontic Treatments
At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we offer advanced options for straightening teeth from traditional braces to clear aligners. Our orthodontic services include:
- Phase I & phase II treatment
- Conventional metal braces
- Braces with self-ligating brackets
- Invisalign® clear aligners
- Surgical orthodontics
Conventional Metal Braces
Braces are an intricate set of brackets and wires that push your teeth into their ideal positions over time. Traditional braces are a great solution for patients dealing with moderate to more complex alignment, crowding, and spacing issues. Now, thanks to advances in the dental field, braces are more comfortable and subtle than ever before! You can choose traditional silver or tooth-colored brackets for a discreet appearance.
Invisalign Aligner Therapy
If you’re looking to straighten your teeth but don’t want to go the traditional route, we also offer Invisalign for teens and adults. What is Invisalign? It’s a series of custom, clear aligners that you wear. The aligners are switched out every two weeks and use gentle force to change the positioning of your teeth. Since the aligners are removable, you can eat, brush, and floss with ease. Invisalign is often recommended for mild to moderate cases.
What is phase 1 treatment?
Phase 1 treatment is all about intercepting moderate to severe orthodontic problems early on to get ahead of the issue, reduce it, or eliminate it altogether. With phase 1 treatment, we can help get our younger patients’ oral health on track and curb any potentially complex and costly orthodontic issues that may occur down the road.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
The largest factors in the cost of your orthodontic treatment is which option you choose and the severity of your alignment. When you visit our office for a consultation, we’ll perform a thorough examination and recommend a treatment based on your unique needs. Then, we’ll discuss your financial options and work with you to fit a straight, healthy smile into your budget!
Which orthodontic option is better? Invisalign vs braces?
No orthodontic treatment is better than the other. It really just depends on your specific situation, oral health, lifestyle, and budget. Braces are known to be a more affordable option, while Invisalign is a sought after choice for subtle teeth straightening. It all comes down to preference and which treatment will get you the best results based on your needs. When you visit our office, we’ll help you choose which one is right for you!