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Blonde woman smiling and pointing to her mouth to emphasize her straight teeth.

Did you know that getting your teeth straightened can be a form of restorative dentistry? This is because restorative dentistry seeks to restore or bring your smile to a more perfect state. Crooked teeth can become straight, which in turn starts to relieve the burdens of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and other oral health problems. If you want to restore your smile once more, see what our 4 different orthodontic options can do for you!


Why Is Your Smile Important?

Some patients don’t realize just how important a smile really is. Studies show that your smile is one of the first things another person will notice about you. Is that smile showing that you are healthy and confident? Or do you hide your smile because of crooked teeth, discoloration or other aspects you don’t like? When a smile looks good, studies show that people often feel more confident and they exude that confidence much easier. A better smile can lead a person to be more social and confident to pursue successful endeavors.


It’s not only what a smile does for a person themself that’s important. How your smile looks to others also will determine a lot about how successful you are. The makes of the orthodontic appliance Invisalign conducted a study about smiles, and what they found was quite amazing:

  • 1/3rd of people notice a person’s smile before any other feature.
  • Those who have a straighter, more beautiful smile are 45% more likely to get a job over a competitor with a crooked or discolored smile.
  • Your smile can send messages about how healthy you are and how happy you seem. When that smile is straighter and more beautiful, others will see you as 21% more likely to be healthier and 47% happier.
  • 73% of people are more likely to trust you at first glance if you have a better smile.
  • You’re 58% more likely to be perceived as wealthy and 57% more likely to get a date if you have a great smile.


Brunette woman smiling and holding transparent orthodontic aligners.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Your teeth will determine most of how good your oral health. When you eat, sugars in the food you eat mix with mouth bacteria. That creates plaque, or that sticky, acidic substance that coats your teeth. Over time, if proper oral hygiene habits aren’t observed, the teeth will change colors and decay. This happens much easier to the teeth if they are crooked. That’s because it’s harder to clean between the teeth if there is no way to get floss through crooked teeth.


Restorative dentistry seeks to restore smiles that are crooked or damaged through decay or gum disease (a disease to the gums that happens just like tooth decay). This form of dentistry consists of dental services such as teeth whitening, same-day crowns, root canal therapy and tooth-colored fillings. There are many dental patients that will get dental veneers—also known as “porcelain veneers”—to restore their smile. This is a dental service where the top layer of your teeth is taken off and replaced with a perfect, white tooth shell. However, once that part of your natural tooth is taken off, you can’t get that natural part back. Porcelain veneers do make your smile look beautiful, but they don’t change your crooked teeth or oral health issues underneath.


Fixing the Problem with Orthodontic Treatment

Fixing the problem permanently is a great solution to getting a beautiful smile and reducing your problems with tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and more. Straighter smiles are ones that are easier to clean and ones that look attractive and healthy. Plus, once you straighten your smile with orthodontic treatment, it can stay that way for life. Orthodontics is different than dentistry, but is absolutely important to your oral health.


Dentists will fix problems with tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment and restorative dentistry through those braces can help prevent problems in the first place. Plus, orthodontic braces are able to correct bite and alignment issues that are caused by misaligned bites and jaws. Those issues can cause speech and development problems without intervention. Without orthodontic treatment, other restorative dentistry methods can only do so much.


Close-up view of a woman's mouth as she is putting in transparent orthodontic aligners.

Restorative Dentistry for You

Our easiest method of restorative dentistry for teens and adults is through Invisalign treatment. This option works just as well as our lingual braces, ceramic braces and traditional metal braces. However, with Invisalign, the focus is on aesthetics as well as straightening. We want you to have a beautiful smile as you straighten, and Invisalign is a great way to achieve that.


Invisalign is a orthodontic treatment that is designed to be virtually unnoticeable on your teeth. Patients have their teeth digitally scanned in-office and a treatment plan is made for them, mapping out how orthodontic treatment will transform their smile in 18 months or less. Often, patients can straighten their smile in 1/3rd of that time, depending on the condition of the teeth, bite and alignment. Less office visits are typically needed for this type of restorative dentistry.


You simply wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day (and overnight), and by switching out the aligners each week, your teeth shift into a straight smile over time. The benefit of this restorative dentistry option is that you are actually fixing the root cause of oral health problems. Crooked teeth cause tooth decay and gum disease to worsen, but you avoid that with a straight smile. With other restorative dentistry options (such as teeth whitening or veneers), you will still have the crooked teeth (although masked), and possibly the dental problems. Avoid all that while still getting a beautiful smile with Invisalign. If you want to learn more about this restorative dentistry option for adults and teens, contact Belmar Orthodontics today at (303) 225-9016!

5 Advantages of Invisalign Treatment

Posted on: January 9, 2018

Invisalign treatment

Are you thinking about straightening your teeth? A straighter smile through Invisalign treatment or other orthodontic options will set you on a path to more confidence and success. Lakewood Invisalign treatment not only works to improve your smile, but it also comes with amazing advantages over traditional braces. Not only is invisalign treatment virtually invisible on your teeth, but the aligners are easy to remove and work well with your lifestyle. Read on for more advantages of Invisalign treatment!


Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

You may have heard of Invisalign treatment before. This type of orthodontic treatment has been around for about 20 years, but has continually gained popularity—especially among adults and teenagers. We offer an alternative to traditional metal braces that can discreetly straighten your teeth while improving the functionality of your smile. Invisalign does all this without anyone knowing that you are even straightening your teeth!


Invisalign is a series of transparent aligners that gently move your teeth into a straighter position. You meet with us for an Invisalign consultation and we are able to take digital images of your teeth. With these, we make a model of your mouth and plan out a trajectory of your straightening treatment. Based off of your mouth, we design transparent aligners that will be switched out every 1-2 weeks. You wear these aligners throughout the day and night to move your teeth into that beautiful straight smile you’ve always wanted. They can even correct bite and malocclusion problems.


Advantages of Invisalign

There are many advantages to Invisalign treatment, which is why our patients love this option!

  1. It’s designed to be virtually unnoticeable on your teeth. The aligners are clear and fit snug to your teeth, meaning no one will know you’re wearing them.
  2. The aligners can easily be removed during eating, drinking, flossing and brushing. You can’t do that with any other braces option, as all the other options are cemented to your teeth. Being able to remove the aligners makes it so you have freedom with your treatment, especially if you need to remove the appliance to play sports.
  3. Less office visits are typically needed compared to traditional braces. You only need to come into the office every 4-6 weeks at a time.
  4. Teeth are easier to clean for optimum oral health during treatment. You simply remove the aligners at night, clean them, and clean your teeth as you normally would. Flossing is quick and easy, as are brushing your teeth. Traditional braces take much longer to clean.
  5. Total time for optimal results is usually shorter than metal braces treatment. If you need only slight orthodontic correction, you won’t need Invisalign treatment for very long.

Invisalign treatment

How Do the Other Options Compare?

There are various types of orthodontic options out there besides Invisalign treatment. Traditional metal braces are the most common orthodontic appliances because they are the cheapest option for straightening your teeth. These appliances involve very visible metal brackets attached to the center of each tooth with a metal archwire that passes through the brackets on top and bottom. Lingual braces are also metal braces, but they are attached to the back of your teeth. Clear braces are a very close cousin to metal braces, as they are built the same, but out of ceramic material that is white like your teeth. All options will straighten your teeth very well, but Invisalign is the most invisible option you can have. This is why adults and teens alike love Invisalign treatment so much.


You can use Invisalign treatment for simple straightening cases or complex bite and malocclusion cases. It’s invisible and you can see how your teeth move at every stage of your treatment. You can’t do that as clearly with other types of braces, but must wait until the end of treatment to see your smile. Studies also suggest that teens who do Invisalign treatment (as compared to other orthodontic methods) are 2 times more likely to have a boost in their self esteem. Who wouldn’t want that?


Your Experience with Clear Aligners

We believe that smiles are meant to be shared. However, many people with braces shy away from smiling because of the metal in their mouth. This is common with traditional metal braces, especially with adults. However, a straighter smile can do wonders for your professional and social life. Studies show that a straighter, more beautiful smile can make you more attractive to others. An amazing smile not only boosts your confidence, but can make you more successful because you feel more confident. You’ll smile more, drawing others to you and you will even be happier.


Invisalign has conducted their own research about straighter smiles and what they do for you. After orthodontic treatment, a person with a straighter smile has a leg up on their competition when it comes to landing a job. Employers are more likely to employ someone with a straighter, healthier smile because it makes them appear healthier and successful. People perceive people with straighter teeth as 58% more likely to be wealthy, 45% more successful, 47% more likely to be healthy and 38% smarter. 73% of people are also more likely to trust someone with straight teeth over someone who has crooked teeth.


Your Invisalign Treatment

If you want a straighter smile, don’t wait to get it! With the clear, removable aligners that Invisalign uses, Dr. Hardy can help you gradually move your teeth into their proper position. He can also correct malocclusion (bites that don’t close correctly), without the discomfort and presence of metal braces. When you select Invisalign to correct your smile, no one else has to know! To learn more about this braces option, call Belmar Orthodontics today at (303) 225-9016!

Get Your Braces in Time for Back-to-School

Posted on: August 9, 2017

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School is just around the corner and it’s time to prepare your peers for your beautiful smile. Braces not only help straighten your teeth, but they can also improve your speech, your appearance and–most importantly–your confidence! New technology gives you more options for adding a little fashion flare to your smile or straightening your teeth discreetly. Learn about all of your amazing options for braces today.


Back-To-School Success

Summer is almost over and it’s back to school time. Is your smile ready? A lot can happen over the summer and each year brings new exciting changes. Getting a straighter, more beautiful smile is something you don’t want to be without as a new year starts off. Did you know that kids with straighter teeth tend to feel more confident in school and around their peers? That confidence can help them get better grades, make more friends, and be more willing to try new opportunities. Every child and teenager alike wants to shine in their own way. You can do that and receive more confidence by getting your braces just in time for school.


In the past, many adolescents saw braces as embarrassing or unattractive. However, studies show that children and teens are receiving braces in much larger numbers than they did in the past. Now, instead of being embarrassing, braces are seen as a luxury for many families and individuals. In times of recession, families even go without necessities to make sure their children receive braces. Braces truly are worth having because of how beneficial they are for boosting self-esteem, confidence and how you’re perceived socially. Investing in them is a great way to help a child as they start off school once more.


Options for Your Braces

We love providing options for our patients at Belmar Orthodontics! Our most popular option for braces for children and teens alike are our traditional metal braces. However, there are other options we provide as well:

  • Traditional Metal Braces – This is our most economical option. Our patients love the colorful bands that they can customize their braces with. Each patient can choose a certain color they love every appointment or even do a rainbow of color if they so choose.
  • Incognito Lingual Braces – This option is very similar to traditional metal braces, however the braces are worn on the tongue-side of your teeth. We make an impression of your teeth and then custom-make braces that fit the inside of your teeth perfectly. You can straighten your teeth with the perfect hidden apparatus.
  • Clear Ceramic Braces – We can provide ceramic braces for our patients. These braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but they are made from ceramic material. The braces blend in with your teeth perfectly as the brackets and even the wires can be made white. Ceramic braces can also decrease demineralization that can happen with metal sometimes.
  • Invisalign Teen – This is a version of Invisalign transparent aligners designed with the needs of teenagers in mind. These custom-fit aligners can correct smiles and unevenly-spaced teeth while allowing patients to continue eating, drinking, and cleaning their teeth with ease.  


Cleaning At Home

Your braces are something new and exciting. However, they must have proper care to truly work wonders. Brush and floss your teeth often. We recommend brushing and flossing at least twice daily. However, with braces you may want to brush the teeth more than twice a day. After each meal would be best, as food can become trapped in the brackets very easily, where it will then sit on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky, acidic substance that you want to avoid. Plaque is made from the sugars in the food you eat that mix with the bacteria in your mouth. When food is left on the teeth, that plaque can form and begin to erode your teeth.

Not brushing and flossing enough can cause erosion and demineralization that will be obvious once the braces come off. Use special flossers to get in between the teeth sufficiently. Take care of your teeth so that your smile is beautiful and straight without blemishes when your braces come off!


Tips for Success At School

Your braces are easier to manage when you’re prepared. At school, take a mouthguard with you to gym class. You can get injured with braces when playing sports, especially contact sports. A mouthguard will help protect you and your mouth from injury. Be careful what you eat as well. Some foods can damage or break your braces and other foods can get tremendously stuck in the brackets. Some foods to avoid are anything hard, gooey, crunchy or sticky. This includes food items such as gummy bears, fruit snacks, hard candies, chips of any kind, hard vegetables, and nuts. If you really want a food (such as hard fruits and veggies), make sure to cut them up into bite-size pieces. Biting into foods can lodge them into the braces, so be careful with this.


We also have braces kits you can have or tips to make one yourself. Take a kit with you to school that has the cleaning essentials you need: mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and flossers, wax for pokey wires, etc. If you need a quick cleaning or a quick fix for a wire, you’ll be set!


Your Free Consultation

There never was a better time to straighten your smile! Braces can provide your child the boost of confidence they need to start of the school year right. If you want to schedule your child’s appointment, call our Belmar Orthodontics office today at (303) 225-9016!


transparent aligners

Woman wearing orthodontic silicone trainer. Invisible braces

We offer many different straightening methods at Belmar Orthodontics including Invisalign transparent aligners and traditional metal braces. In the past, traditional metal brackets were the only option for teeth straightening around. With the advancement of technology, we are now able to align the teeth with transparent aligners that work just as well as metal brackets. What are the differences between aligners and metal brackets? Which option is better for you when it comes to choosing between the two? We can answer all of your questions about Invisalign aligners and traditional metal braces and help you find the right straightening method for you.


Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are also known as “traditional” braces? Why? They’ve been around for decades and have proven time and time again that they work. Years ago they became the go-to option for orthodontic care and have stood the test of time. There have been tweaks here and there to make metal braces more modern, but overall, not much has changed. They are still the most popular option for braces among teenagers and the most economical choice for orthodontic care.


Metal braces consist of metal square brackets that are attached to the center of each tooth with a special type of bonding glue. This glue is strong enough that the brackets stay bonded to your teeth, but also versatile enough that the glue can be removed once treatment has come to an end. Metal braces have a thin wire that connects and goes through each bracket on the upper and lower jaw. In total, you will have two wires. These are known as “archwires” and they create an arch in your mouth that follows the natural curve of the jaw. Over time, these archwires will move the teeth into proper place so that they make the perfect, straight arch on the upper and lower jaw.


What Are Invisalign Transparent Aligners?

If you’ve looked into options for orthodontic care, you may already be familiar with Invisalign. This treatment option is a series of transparent aligners that slowly mold your teeth into proper position over time. Your doctor will scan your teeth using a digital scanning system that will then create 3D images of your teeth. You will then receive custom-made aligners made from Invisalign’s SmartTrack material. This material is transparent yet strong. The clear, removable design of these aligners renders this orthodontic treatment virtually invisible to others.


The best part is that Invisalign works well just like traditional metal braces do for shaping your smile. Simply change out your transparent aligners ever 1-2 weeks and watch how your smile changes over time. Adults and teenagers alike love this option for orthodontic care because of their ease of use Patients can eat, drink, and clean their teeth with ease. These aligners must be worn the majority of the day, but can be removed when needed for certain activities. Invisalign transparent aligners are more costly than metal braces, but you gain the benefits of easy use and cleaning, and the ability to straighten your teeth in secret.


Adult Orthodontics

Orthodontic care is not only for teenagers. About 25% of all braces wearers are adults, which is a higher percentage than it’s been in the past. Why is this? In decades and years past, people only had one choice when it came to braces: traditional metal braces. Some adults and teenagers avoid receiving braces although their smile needs them. Why? Because they don’t like the look of braces or they feel they are unattractive, distracting, or childish. Studies actually show that braces are quite the luxury to have. However, modern-day orthodontics offer treatment options everyone can be comfortable with.


Your Options

Options for orthodontic care include both traditional metal braces and Invisalign transparent aligners, but you can also choose

  • Ceramic Braces – These are the same size and shape as metal braces. They function similarly to traditional metal brackets but they use ceramic brackets that are made to match the color of your teeth. Many patients love this cosmetic benefit of blending the braces to the teeth. Even the archwire can be made white! The ceramic has been shown to be much more resistant to staining and helps protect your smile from demineralization.
  • Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are an amazing alternative to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are a close cousin to metal braces. They actually look quite the same, except for the fact that the braces run along the inside of the teeth next to the tongue. You can achieve the same results as traditional orthodontics in a manner that is inconspicuous and undetectable. Dr. Hardy will make a custom mold of your teeth so that custom metal pieces can be made for each tooth back. These will then be attached snug to the inside of the tooth along with the brackets. An archwire will complete the braces and you can begin to experience the straightening power of lingual braces.


Keep Your Smile Straight

It’s never too late to correct orthodontic conditions you have. The benefits of adult orthodontics include: faster treatment time than former techniques, more discreet treatment options, correction of dental issues, increased confidence and even increased self esteem. When it comes to starting your journey to a straighter smile, we have options for you! To see if you are a great fit for ceramic braces or Incognito lingual braces, contact our Belmar Orthodontics office today at (303) 225-9016 for your free consultation. A straighter smile is just one call away!


Parts of Braces and Their Importance

Posted on: July 14, 2017

What role does each part of braces play? The brackets, bands, wires and even our oral health guidelines all play a vital role to the health of your teeth and the success of your teeth straightening. Braces have been perfected over the years to provide you various options for teeth straightening through traditional metal braces, lingual braces, ceramic clear braces, Invisalign and more. These options weren’t available in years past, and each option has been perfected to provide you quick and efficient teeth straightening. Find out why each part of braces is important and what role each piece plays when it comes to your oral health.


Parts of Braces

Traditional metal braces have been around for decades. We still offer these braces because frankly, they work so well. Metal braces are also the most popular orthodontic option because they work to straighten your teeth the quickest and are the most cost-effective orthodontic option you can find. The metal we use is strong and sturdy. Metal braces are made from stainless steel, but can also be used in combination with titanium. There are three main parts of braces: the brackets, the wire, and the ligature elastics that go around the brackets:

  • Brackets – These are the small metal pieces that are bonded to each tooth center using special glue. This glue ensures that the brackets stick to your teeth. The glue is gentle enough that it can be removed once your time with braces has finished. Brackets are made of stainless steel but also can be made white (tooth colored) or clear. These brackets hold the archwire for the teeth.
  • Wire – This wire is actually known as the “archwire”. It is the metal wire that connects all of the brackets together in your mouth. You will have one archwire that is along the upper teeth and one that is along the lower teeth. This wire curves around the teeth and puts pressure on the teeth so that they come into proper alignment in the mouth. This is the main player that works to move your teeth in the right direction.
  • Ligature Elastics – These are the rubber bands that attach the archwire to the brackets on each tooth. Without these ligature elastics, the archwire would not be sturdy and couldn’t do its job.


Additional Parts of Braces

There are more than just these three parts of braces.

  • Headgear – This is an external appliance used in orthodontic care to help realign the face and jaw during your time with braces. There is retraction headgear and protraction headgear. Retraction headgear is an appliance used to retract the upper jaw. Protraction headgear moves the upper jaw forward and into proper alignment with the lower jaw. Headgear will consists of a single strap that fits around your neck and attaches to the front of your teeth. There is a second type of headgear that attaches to your braces, but the headgear has straps that fit over your head and neck. Not all patients will receive headgear unless it is really needed.
  • Springs – Many braces have springs to help push and pull the teeth in the right direction. These springs generally attach to the arch wires and are located between the brackets of each tooth. The purpose of the springs are to open up or close up spaces between the teeth as they shift.
  • Elastic Rubber Bands – Some patients need the additional shifting power of rubber bands to help the teeth move into place on schedule. These bands are attached to the brackets and will go from a lower tooth bracket to an upper tooth bracket. You will receive these rubber bands at your checkup and instruction for attaching your elastic bands at home until your next checkup.


Different Types of Braces

There are more than types of braces than just traditional metal ones. At Belmar Orthodontics we offer the following additional braces options:

  • Incognito Lingual Braces – These braces quite literally go “incognito” as they are hidden inside your mouth. You will receive the same type of treatment as traditional metal braces. However, lingual braces are a hidden treatment apparatus on the tongue-side of your teeth. The brackets and metal are attached here and straighten your teeth without anyone else knowing.
  • Invisalign – Invisalign is one of the stealthiest forms of teeth straightening. It is a series of transparent aligners customized to your teeth. You will change these aligners every 1-2 weeks until your smile is straight. They are easy to clean, easy to remove for eating and sports, and are virtually invisible in the mouth.
  • Clear Ceramic Braces – Instead of metal, these braces are made from strong ceramic. They appear very similar to metal braces but are colored to match the shade of your teeth so they blend into the mouth. Even the archwires can be made white.
  • Retainers – You will receive a retainer after your orthodontic braces treatment has been completed. Wearing your customized retainer is vital to maintaining a straight smile, as the teeth can quickly shift out of place. The first month is the most crucial as this is the time when your teeth will shift the most if a retainer isn’t worn.  


Your Free Consultation

Keeping the parts of braces clean will greatly enhance your experience, so following our guidelines will help you find success with your orthodontic care. Proper braces appliances and all their parts will ensure that your teeth shift into perfect alignment in the least amount of time. If you would like to learn more about braces or need to schedule your appointment, call our Belmar Orthodontics office today at (303) 225-9016!

Temporary Anchorage Devices

What are temporary anchorage devices and what can they do for you? Not all of our patients receive TADs for their teeth, but the ones that do greatly benefit from their straightening power. TADS are small titanium screws we use to help our our patients move their teeth. We place the screw in the gum and jaw bone and it acts as an anchor point for the teeth. We specialize in many methods of teeth straightening such as traditional braces, Invisalign, lingual braces and more, but also employ the use of TADs as needed to give our patients an exceptional smile. They can even aid in creating quicker tooth movement in our patients to achieve the desired straightening effect that is needed. Learn more about all of our straightening methods and which one is right for you. If you need TADs, you can trust in our expertise and finesse with giving you a straightening experience you will enjoy at Belmar Orthodontics.


The Advancement of Orthodontics

Orthodontics has come a long way from the crude methods of straightening practiced centuries ago. Extensive headgear and wires were used to straighten the teeth in the past. We benefit today from advanced technology that allows us many options when it comes to straightening the teeth, even discrete options. Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are one of the methods we employ at Belmar Orthodontics when it’s in the best interest of the patient. Temporary anchorage devices work with braces to get your teeth straighter, faster. How do they work though?


Tidbits About Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary anchorage devices help shift the teeth into a straighter position when braces can’t do the job on their own. Braces are usually sufficient for most patients, but we want all of our patients to benefit from amazing, straight smiles and because of this we use TADs to get them all the way there. TADs consist of small, titanium mini-screws called “mini-implants” or “micro-implants”. These implants are fixed objects that braces use to push, pull, lift or intrude teeth while straightening. Just think of them as anchor points that are amazing tools for braces to get your teeth straighter. Once inserted, TADs do not move, but Dr. Hardy is able to use them to move the teeth in directions and distances that were not previously possible. 


How Do They Work?

Temporary anchorage devices are installed quite easy, much like other orthodontic options. You have to be a good candidate for TADs to receive them. This means free of gum disease and you need a strong jaw. Your gum tissue and jaw area will be numbed much like they are numbed at a dental office before a procedure. Then Dr. Hardy will insert the tiny metal screws in areas that will help your teeth to move the most. The insertion process will be completely painless. Adjustment to TADs might take a day or two. The adjustment process should be no different than adjusting to metal braces. Adjusting to any type of straightening device takes time. We will remove the TADs once your teeth have moved into proper place. It’s literally that easy.


Traditional Straightening Options

We have many options for straightening instead of solely relying on traditional metal braces. We’ll still include metal braces on our list though:

  • Traditional Braces – These are the standard metal braces that we all know and love. The great thing about “traditional” braces is that they are traditional for a reason. They are strong and highly effective with moving the teeth. Most of our patients get to dress up their brackets with a variety of colors at each visit too. This is usually the most cost-effective option when it comes to straightening the teeth.
  • Ceramic Braces – These are basically your traditional metal braces, except for the fact that they can be made white to match the color of your teeth. The wires and brackets are both made white so they are virtually unnoticeable in your mouth. Ceramic braces are made of ceramic material. Ceramic is harder to stain and easier to clean than metal.


Discreet Straightening Options

Want a straight smile without others knowing? Try lingual braces or Invisalign!

  • Lingual Braces – Take a step up from traditional and ceramic braces with lingual braces. These braces are called “incognito” braces because they do just that—go incognito! We customize lingual braces to the shape of your teeth. We then attach them behind the teeth instead of in front. You’ll receive all the strength and functionality of metal braces without the visibility. 
  • InvisalignInvisalign is perhaps the most discreet form of teeth straightening. These transparent, removable aligners are perfect for teens and adults who want a straighter smile and don’t have bite problems. You will receive customizable aligners that change every few weeks so that the teeth are constantly falling into a straighter position. Oral care is easier, you can remove them at your leisure, and you will come out in the end with a straight smile—which is what we all want!


If you ever need to have TADs, just know that you are going to be having a powerful straightening experience that usually takes less time than it otherwise would to receive your beautiful, straight smile. We could all benefit from a little more time, right? To learn more about all your straightening options, call our Belmar Orthodontics office today at (303) 225-9016!

transparent aligners

Let transparent aligners work their magic and straighten your teeth without metal brackets! The orthodontists at Belmar Orthodontics can offer you the versatility of Invisalign treatments to straighten your teeth and give you something to smile about. Many people will have braces during their lifetime, but many others will opt not to have them because they don’t want a mouth full of metal. Maybe you are a professional in the workplace and can’t imagine attending work or events because of your braces. Whether you’re a teen wanting to straighten your smile or an adult that wants more confidence, Invisalign treatment may be right for you. Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner system developed to help straighten your teeth, but with the freedom and ability to remove the aligners when you want or need to. The best part…they’re invisible! Check out what Invisalign can do for you and why this teeth-straightening system is becoming more and more popular.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a transparent aligner system developed to give adults and adolescents more options when it comes to straightening their teeth. According to the makers of Invisalign themselves, their transparent aligners have been found to be the most advanced orthodontic system you can find. A mold is taken of your teeth just as it would be for traditional metal braces. Those molds then go to a special lab where transparent, sturdy aligners will be custom-made for your mouth over the course of your treatment. You will go through a series of transparent aligners (usually 18-30 depending on your mouth and individual straightening needs) that will be sent to you. These will gradually shift your teeth until they are aligned perfectly. The transparent aligners are designed to correct problems with crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite and deep bite as well.

With any straightening system, the teeth need to have light pressure enacted on them pretty constantly for teeth to come into proper position. You will wear your custom aligners for 20-22 hours a day for 2-3 weeks at a time. Then you will receive new transparent aligners to gently move your teeth into an even straighter position. Repeat that a few times and viola! Your teeth will be straight. Most patients only need the transparent aligners for 9-15 months, and the time to straighter teeth with Invisalign can sometimes be less than traditional braces would take to straighten.


Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Studies show that of the millions of people in the U.S. with braces, about 25% of them are adults. If you are a teen looking for options besides traditional braces, or a more professional-looking option for teeth straightening as an adult, Invisalign is your best choice for incognito straightening. Invisalign is a highly popular option with adults, as they can straighten their teeth without anyone else knowing, which is especially beneficial in the workplace. If you opt for Invisalign, you will still be able to keep your oral hygiene regime simple and manageable without worrying about meticulously cleaning metal brackets. If you are a teen looking into Invisalign, one of the best perks Invisalign can give you is less time and hassle with cleaning. Invisalign aligners can easily be removed, are easier to clean, and typically require less office visits, saving you time when you’re on the go.  If you want a straighter smile without any added stress in your life, the transparent aligners the Invisalign system utilizes may be right for you.


How Do I Benefit from Invisalign?

Studies have shown that those who have straighter teeth tend to be more confident in their day-to-day life, especially in their interactions with others. Those with straighter teeth are perceived by their peers and coworkers as more successful, confident, trustworthy and attractive. Studies show that a straighter smile can even land you a job quicker compared to someone who has a crooked smile. There are many amazing benefits to a straight set of pearly whites, and all lead to greater success in home, school and professional life. If for no other reason than aesthetic appeal, Invisalign is your top choice for transforming your smile discreetly while living your life normally. The average patient satisfaction rate tops the scales at around 96% of patients highly satisfied with their transparent aligners Invisalign treatment. The average time for straightening is about 1 year in most users, which is typically less than the average traditional braces wearer (also a plus).

Invisalign is a tried-and-true method for straightening teeth discreetly and at your leisure. Whether you’re a first-timer with braces or just want to get your smile a little bit straighter, Invisalign might be right for you. The transparent aligners we offer can give you the confidence you seek while shaping the straight, beautiful smile you desire. Call Belmar Orthodontics today at (303) 225-9016 for your free consultation or to learn more about our teeth straightening options. A brighter, straighter smile is just a simple phone call away!

Invisalign Treatment Questions and Answers

Posted on: December 16, 2016

Invisalign Treatment

Learn common Invisalign treatment questions and answers so you can determine if this popular orthodontic treatment option is for you. Our friendly staff at Belmar Orthodontics can offer you excellent patient education to help you make an informed decision.  To help you determine if Invisalign treatment is for you, contact our office for a consultation and evaluation.  

How Invisible Are the Invisalign Aligners?

Invisalign treatment is the most invisible orthodontic option on the market right now.  For patients that have employment or hobbies that require discretion, Invisalign treatment is the way to go.  The Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic that is custom-designed to blend in with your smile.  This aligner approach allows you to correct your orthodontic issues in a discreet manner.  To achieve the best result possible, most patients will need small, tooth colored bumps (called attachments) on several of their teeth. These attachments are the same color as your teeth so they blend in easily.

Does Invisalign Treatment Work As Effectively as Traditional Braces?

For certain conditions, Invisalign will not be recommended because alternative forms of braces are needed.  Your dentist will assess your needs and determine if your oral conditions and goals qualify you for Invisalign treatment.  If you are approved as a candidate, you can be assured that your treatment will be just as effective with Invisalign as with braces.  Invisalign treatment times are often shorter than treatment with traditional braces, but you still get the same stellar results.

Will Invisalign Affect How I Speak?

Traditional braces, retainers or Invisalign all have an adjustment period. During this adjustment period you may need to rework how you form certain sounds of letters with an appliance in your mouth.  Following this initial adjustment period, most patients report no difficulties with speaking normally.  It is not uncommon to have a slight lisp for the first few days as your mouth and tongue adjust to having the aligners in your mouth. The great thing about Invisalign is that the aligners are removable.  If you have an important interview or presentation and are concerned about enunciation, you can remove the aligners temporarily.  Just remember, aligners need to be worn 20-22 hours per day to do their job!

Can I Eat and Drink with My Invisalign Aligners In Place?

Eating with the Invisalign aligners in place is not allowed. Food can damage the aligners and disrupt your treatment. As far as drinking goes, Dr. Hardy recommends that patients only drink cold water when the aligners are in place.  Occasionally, a patient can drink from a straw when they are drinking anything other than water, but make sure the liquid is cold to prevent distortion of the trays.  A member of our Belmar Orthodontics team can talk through any concerns or questions you have about the eating/drinking process with Invisalign.  

Is Invisalign Treatment More Expensive?

The costs for Invisalign® treatment are similar to the costs for traditional wire braces,  but the condition of your teeth, the length of the treatment, and the number of aligners your treatment requires to get your teeth and smile where they need to be can impact prices from patient to patient.  Dr. Hardy will determine what your Invisalign treatment will cost during your consultation and examination. Check with  your dental insurance plan.  Invisalign treatment is often covered by dental insurance policies.

How Complicated is Invisalign Daily Maintenance?

Invisalign® aligners are easily cleaned and maintained by scrubbing them with a toothbrush and water.  Alternatively, antibacterial hand soap and a toothbrush can boost your cleaning efforts if needed.  Make sure you rinse the aligners (and your toothbrush) well before reinserting the aligners in your mouth. Invisalign also makes an Invisalign Cleaning System that you can purchase from their website.

How Soon Will I Achieve My Invisalign Results?

Each patient case is different but the average patient will complete his Invisalign treatment within 12 months.  If you want to shorten your treatment time, dedicate yourself to wearing your aligners for the prescribed amount of time each day and don’t miss your office appointments.  Also, strive to keep your teeth free from tooth decay–which can delay treatment completion dates.  The treatment length time for patients using Invisalign Teen®, will be determined by the growth of their permanent teeth.

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation

If you have more questions about Invisalign treatment or wish to schedule an Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Hardyplease contact our office today at: 303.225.9016.

Secretly Improve Your Smile with Invisalign

Posted on: October 26, 2016

Lakewood Invisalign

Lakewood Invisalign offers you a way to improve your smile, but without anyone knowing. Sound to good to be true? Listen up! Gone are the days when metal brackets and wires were your only option. This innovative millennium offers you invisible braces with Invisalign technology. The unique ClinCheck® software allows our Invisalign patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment. Learn why more than 4 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles is growing daily–your smile could be next!

Something to Smile About

A smile should be shared. Always. Belmar Orthodontics doesn’t want your orthodontic treatment to ever discourage you from sharing your beautiful smile–no matter what stage you are in the process. We want you to be comfortable with your smile throughout the process of straightening your teeth. For some patients, this means that they need a method that doesn’t rely on wires or brackets during treatment. Whether you are a working professional that needs to retain a more invisible orthodontic appearance, a youth who is shy to share smiles if wires are involved, or an adult who is looking for my subtly, Invisalign is for you. The Invisalign clear, removable aligners system gradually moves your teeth into their proper position without the drawbacks of metal braces and brackets.  When you select Invisalign® to correct your smile, no one else has to know!

Why Lakewood Invisalign treatment?

For some orthodontic patients, traditional braces have certain advantages. For some, they aren’t candidates for Invisalign because their orthodontic needs don’t fall within the parameters of what Invisalign can achieve. But, the fact still stands that there is nothing out there right now that can offer you exactly what Invisalign can. Invisalign orthodontic treatment:

  • Is virtually unnoticeable on your teeth
  • Has a removable design so you can take out aligners during eating, drinking, flossing and brushing
  • Offers more convenience since less office visits are required than traditional braces
  • Makes it easier to clean your teeth because of the removable design of aligners
  • Reduces overall treatment time than traditional braces treatment

How Does Invisalign Treatment Go?

The first thing we have to determine, is if you are a candidate for Invisalign.  This determination will occur during your initial assessment with Dr. Hardy If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, we will take an impression of your teeth so that a set of customized, clear aligners can be made and sent home for you. These aligners will be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for 2-3 weeks and then you move on to the next aligner in the series. This process gradually shifts your teeth into their correct position.  The number of aligners you will need for treatment, and the time of your treatment is determined by your particular needs and your dedication to wearing your aligners. On average, Lakewood Invisalign patients need 18 to 30 aligners for a period of 9 to 15 months to achieve their desired results. During your treatment, you will meet with Dr. Hardy periodically to ensure your Invisalign® treatment is working successfully. Most patients usually do not experience any significant pain or discomfort with Invisalign which is, yet, another reason why this treatment option is so popular today.

The Advantages of Choosing Lakewood Invisalign with Belmar Orthodontics

Selecting a provider for your Lakewood Invisalign services should meet certain criteria. Take the time to find someone who you can trust to give you the best treatment possible.  While many general dentists may offer Invisalign as part of their treatment options, their office isn’t dedicated to daily, orthodontic treatment.  We are. The experience this offers us over our competition cannot be ignored.  In addition to this, orthodontists spend two to three additional years after graduating from dental school to earn advanced education and training in a specialized orthodontic residency program. Dr. Hardy received his specialty degree in orthodontics. Orthodontics focuses on correcting misaligned teeth, adjusting occlusion (the way the teeth fit together), and treating jaw disorders. We are trained to offer these expert results. Belmar Orthodontics has state-of-the-art facilities with the most recent advances in dental science. We are dedicated to helping you gain the results you want, the way you want them.

Schedule a Lakewood Invisalign Consultation

If you would like to learn more about Lakewood Invisalign, or if you would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hardy, please contact us today at: 303.225.9016.

Invisalign Lakewood

Invisalign will make you smile.  Feeling confident about your teeth and smile is essential for healthy self-esteem and confidence.  Getting your best smile often requires some help. Forty years ago, there was only one option for teeth straightening, but innovations in the field of orthodontic science have led to some exciting new options. Invisalign offers you orthodontic treatment in an invisible, bracket-free, wire-free way.  Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made removable aligners to straighten your teeth overtime. Learn how they can help you!


Why Invisalign?

When Invisalign® was first revealed as a treatment option, it triggered something truly extraordinary in the field of orthodontics–an invisible, removable design. As an Invisalign® patient you wear a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners that are adjusted as the teeth shift into place without metal or wires. Working professionals, musicians, athletes, and adolescents love that the aligners are clear and not easily noticed by others. The design of this orthodontic treatment option also results in less trips to your orthodontist for adjustments. The removable design also makes it much easier to continue practicing your excellent oral hygiene efforts unlike traditional braces with brackets and wires that get in your way.  


Aesthetic, Clear Design

No one can argue with the clear, aesthetic design Invisalign achieves. The translucent braces are much less noticeable than other types of braces  and blend in naturally with your teeth. For certain professionals this clear design is a necessity! Clear braces allow you to keep sharing your beautiful smile with others throughout the treatment process without worrying that metal brackets or wires will distract or inhibit your activities.


No Need to Give Up Your Favorite Foods!

Traditional braces have metal wires and brackets that can break with they engage with certain foods.  For this reason, patients with traditional treatment are asked to give up certain foods until their braces have been removed. Common foods that you can’t eat with traditional braces include: popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, certain candies, apples, carrots, and corn on the cob. Invisalign doesn’t require that you alter your diet since you remove the clear aligners when you eat.  


More Comfortable and Makes Cleaning Your Teeth Easier

Traditional braces require vigilant, dedicated cleaning and care.  Neglecting a dedicated oral hygiene routine can invite decay to creep in under the brackets or between your teeth where it is difficult to floss. The brackets and wires inside the mouth can also bring pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, and tooth/bracket breakage.



Why Should I Choose Belmar Orthodontics for My Invisalign?

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics , Dr. Hardy is an award-winning Lakewood orthodontist and an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.  Dr. Hardy works to create a comfortable and personalized experience for each of his patients. Dr. Hardy, believes that your smile plays an essential role in your overall health, function, and self-esteem. He has experience with a variety of bracket systems for improving your smile that are recommended based on your goals and specific needs. Dr. Hardy is the recipient of The Everett Shapiro Award in Orthodontics, as well as the Dr. Harold Berk Endowed Prize Fund for Excellence in Research. He has published and presented his research both nationally and internationally. With credentials like these, you know that you are in good hands! Expert care coupled with expert experience will deliver you the results you are looking for!


Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

The best way to find out how Belmar Orthodontic’s superior orthodontic technology with Invisalign clear braces can benefit you is to schedule an appointment for an in-office consultation. Dr. Hardy can talk with you about your smile goals and come up with an effective treatment plan to help you achieve them.  Contact our office today at 303.225.9016.  We are excited to meet you and help you reach your smile goals!