Naples, FL Orthodontics
At Park Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide orthodontic services in addition to general and cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Ana Scopu, while she is licensed as a general dentist, she holds a Master of Specialized Orthodontics degree from the International Medical College through the University of Münster. Whether you are concerned with the alignment of your child’s teeth or your own teeth, we would love to help you.
Reasons to Seek Orthodontic Treatment
Many people consider only the aesthetic implications of a crooked smile, but did you know that misalignment of the teeth can disrupt healthy oral and digestive function? For one thing, teeth that aren’t properly aligned form a less than ideal bite. This can result in improper distribution of pressure, leading to the premature wearing down of certain teeth. It can also complicate chewing, which in turn makes digestion more difficult.
Another reason to correct misalignment has to do with maintaining the health of your gums. When your teeth are crooked, it can be very difficult — or even impossible — to properly clean between them. This increases the likelihood that food particles will become trapped in your gums, which inevitably leads to gum disease over time. So while the benefit of a beautifully aligned smile is reason enough to see an orthodontist, there is so much more to be gained by doing so.
Orthodontic Services We Provide
Dr. Scopu offers both traditional braces and Invisalign. Braces are metal brackets adhered to the teeth and connected to each other through metal wires. They are powerfully effective in correcting even the most severe misalignment issues, suitable for teenagers as well as adults, and less expensive than Invisalign. Treatment times with braces vary but tend to last from 18 to 24 months, with more complex cases lasting up to 36 months. Throughout this time, regular orthodontist visits are needed for tightening the braces and evaluating progress.
As functional as braces are, their lack of aesthetic appeal is often a concern for people. To meet the needs of patients who wish to avoid the appearance of metal on their teeth, Dr. Scopu is glad to offer Invisalign. As an Invisalign Gold Provider, she helps dozens of patients every year realize straighter, healthier smiles, virtually invisibly. Clear Invisalign aligners are removable, transparent, and custom-created to gently shift your teeth into a new, more aligned position every two weeks. A typical program lasts between 12 and 16 months, about half the treatment time of conventional braces, and requires fewer follow-up visits.
Though not appropriate in cases of severe crowding or when teeth haven’t fully erupted, Invisalign is a desirable alternative to braces. To learn more, visit our Invisalign page.
Orthodontics for All Ages
Dr. Scopu is able to effectively correct misalignment in adults as well as children and teenagers. However, treatment times tend to be longer for adults, so whenever possible, it is helpful to begin addressing alignment issues in childhood. Children who show signs of crowding or misalignment should see an orthodontist as early as age 7. Dr. Scopu’s gentle demeanor helps our youngest patients feel at ease.
Dr. Ana Scopu is the best! Our whole family goes to her for our dental care and our two daughters also see her for orthodontics. Dr. Scopu is an excellent dentist and explains things to us clearly and thoroughly. We truly feel we are in the best hands we could be in. We are so happy with our care and her attention to detail. We definitely recommend Dr. Scopu and her assistants! — Sherri K.
How to Get Started
Your move toward a straighter smile begins with a comprehensive dental exam which includes x-rays, digital impressions, and optical scans of your teeth. This process gives us the information we need to determine, customize, and begin the right orthodontic treatment for you. When you’re ready, give us a call at (239) 206-1500 to schedule your exam. If you’d prefer, you can also request an appointment online, and we’ll give you a call for scheduling.