Published on April 7, 2014, Updated on March 20, 2017

Dr. Hardy is trained and experienced in a variety of orthodontic treatment options for children, teenagers, and adults. Orthodontists complete 2-3 more years of schooling after dental school and are uniquely qualified to correct misaligned teeth, adjust occlusion (the way the teeth fit together), and treat jaw disorders.  Belmar Orthodontics offers you a variety of orthodontic treatment options for you to consider. 

Orthodontic Treatment Options Include:


Child Orthodontics

At Belmar Orthodontics, we like to see children for their first orthodontic visit at the age of 7 or 8 so we can ensure that your child’s teeth are developing properly and to assess for any dental issues that we can get on top of before they cause more serious problems. While many orthodontists commence orthodontic treatment before a child has lost all their adult teeth,  Dr. Hardy believes in a conservative approach to orthodontic treatment and only start treatment when we feel it is necessary.  Starting treatment too early often leads to your child needing two phases of orthodontic treatment or it keeps them in braces for more time than necessary costing you precious time and money.

Kids love our ceramic clear braces and the ability to dress them up with colorful, bright bands of their choosing. We also offer several aesthetic options (Invisalign and Incognito Lingual Braces) that render braces almost invisible. Both teenagers and adults love these discreet options for orthodontic treatment.

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Adult Orthodontics

Out of the 4.5 million Americans in braces, 25 percent of them are adults. New technologies that offer more discreet options for straightening teeth have been prompting more and more adults to straighten their smiles and correct issues they have been dealing with for years. We help patients of all ages achieve straighter teeth and more beautiful smiles. For patients who have crooked or unevenly spaced teeth, or for those who have overbite, underbite, or crossbite issues, Dr. Hardy can discuss orthodontic treatment options that will cosmetically enhance your smile and boost your confidence.


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As an alternative to traditional braces, at Belmar Orthodontics we offer patients Invisalign® treatment to straighten their teeth in a way that is discreet and on their terms.  Invisalign® employs a system of removable, clear, custom-fit aligners that gradually and gently move your teeth into their proper position without limiting your ability to eat, drink, brush, and floss easily.

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Invisalign Teen®

Invisalign Teen® is a comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment specifically designed for teenagers. This  innovative tooth-straightening system allows teenagers to continue in their normal activities (such as playing musical instruments with ease or wearing mouthguards while playing sports) without interrupting their lifestyle.  Invisalign Teen® is a great option for patients that qualify for this type of orthodontic treatment and offers an alternative, more discreet method for straightening teeth that teens enjoy.  


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Lingual Braces

Our patients love Incognito™ Lingual Braces because they are invisible when they smile allowing them to share their beautiful smiles with confidence during treatment.  While Invisalign offers similar cosmetic benefits, Incognito™ Lingual Braces are always on and always working toward giving you the results you need and want.  Unlike Invisalign, you don’t have clear aligners that you have to remove and clean every time you eat.  And, you don’t have to worry that you will misplace or lose them.  


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Schedule a Consultation

If you have questions about our Lakewood orthodontic treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hardy, please contact our office today.