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Youth and Adult braces…we can help

youth and adult braces racineDr. Westman’s practice in Racine offers orthodontic solutions for all ages. He is a specialist in youth and adult braces.

Will I have a mouthful of metal? Don’t worry, we’ve come a long way since then! It’s true some cases are best treated with brackets and wires, but brackets can be porcelain – and for patients who don’t want any brackets or wires at all, we can accommodate with a completely different solution that uses no brackets or wires at all. No more mouth full of braces.

Modern day orthodontics doesn’t involve time-consuming dental visits, 10 pounds of metal in your mouth, headgear and other unattractive devices. We can offer orthodontic solutions that are effective, fast and far less visible than the old style of traditional braces.

A smile with beautiful straight teeth is pleasing to the eye. But it’s much more than that. Straight teeth improve your bite and can avoid a host of problems. Misaligned teeth can cause bite problems leading to jaw pain, headaches and sleep problems.

Early detection and treatment can avoid or minimize many orthodontic concerns before they become a problem. The American Dental Association recommends an orthodontic exam by the age of seven, or earlier if problem is detected by the parents.


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Youth Braces

youth-adult-bracesAs parents, we all want the best for our children. We want them to succeed, to have the best life can offer. Part of succeeding in life is feeling confident. Being able to make a good first impression helps that confidence. A great smile goes a long way.

Dr. Westman’s office offer a number of options if your children need braces to achieve that great smile and correct bite problems to prevent future TMJ, headaches, etc.

How will I know if my child needs braces?

Dr. Westman in Racine can determine if your child needs orthodontic treatment. He will go through the options that are available and which type of braces are best for your child’s needs.

Does it make sense to wait until my child is a teenager and has stopped growing?

Isn’t seven years old awfully young? Read on..If you wait untll your child is older, a lot of damage could have occurred by then. By age 12, almost 90 per cent of facial growth has been completed. By that point, most problems can be difficult to correct without surgery. An option everyone wants to avoid if possible.

Dr. Westman will work with you to determine what suits your needs and budget.

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I am an adult…what are my options?

youth-adult-braces2I want to avoid a mouth full of braces and a long treatment time. What are my options?

Dr. Westman offers ‘invisible’ braces and conventional (porcelain and metal brackets and wires) braces for children and adults. Our patients choose orthodontics by Dr. Westman because they provide maximum comfort and the prevention or elimination of headaches and jaw discomfort.

I don’t want to wear braces! Is there another option?

We can also use Instant Orthodontics to give you a straight smile with even, properly aligned teeth in a matter of weeks. You’ll get the same result as traditional orthodontics, but in far less time and no braces or other appliances.

To do this, Dr. Westman places a natural looking, thin ceramic shell of material which has been color-matched to your own teeth, over the front surface of your tooth. They will look natural and be just as strong as your own natural teeth.

You won’t be able to see the difference and they will be just as strong as your own teeth.

How long does this procedure take? What does it involve?

Normally, this involves four procedures over a period of about a month. On your first visit, Dr. Westman will consult with you to determine the best course of action for you. If you want to proceed, a timetable will be set up.

On your second visit, Dr. Westman will make a mold of the teeth that he will cover with the veneers. The mold will be used to create the veneers. He will also need to lightly shave down your own teeth so that when the veneer is placed, this will accommodate the additional thickness. The mold is then sent to a dental lab.

About two weeks later, the veneers will be ready and can be bonded to your teeth. As it’s important to make sure the fit is exact, this can take several hours.

A follow-up appointment is then scheduled to clean up any remaining excess cement and fine tune the bite. The result…natural looking straight teeth and a great smile! No metal in your mouth, no headgear and an almost instant results.

I know I need braces, but I can’t afford them

Our Flexible Payment Plans will ensure you get the treatments you need. Dr. Westman can help you find alternative payment options.

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Invisalign braces for kids & adults
Effective, comfortable and removable

invisalign braces racineInvisalign, just what it sounds like

Almost invisible, an Invisalign treatment is a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks as your teeth gradually move.

Each aligner is precision fit to your exact measurements to shift your teeth.

Dr. Westman custom-fits them to your mouth, you end up with a straight smile – perfect for you!


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Invisalign works for…

  • invisalign1Crowded teeth — not enough room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. Left untreated, this can lead to dental decay, gum disease and interfere with your bite, resulting in TMJ.
  • Widely spaced teeth – missing teeth or abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. If you have space between your teeth, this can lead to bacteria build-up and then to gum disease.
  • Cross-bite — the upper and lower jaws are misaligned. This can cause wear and tear on your teeth, and the consequences can be serious — gum disease and bone loss.
  • Overbite — the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. This is caused by genetics, bad oral habits or over development of the bone supporting the teeth. Again, the consequences for you can be bad oral health – gum problems or irritation, wear on the lower teeth and pain and problems with the jaw and jaw joint
  • Underbite — the lower teeth protrude past the top teeth. This is usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both, or by missing upper teeth. An underbite can prevent the teeth and molars from functioning normally, leading to tooth wear, jaw and joint problems.

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How does the Bioliners™ Plus work?

invisalignYou will receive a series of custom made Bioliners™. Each series includes two aligners. One aligner, the Bioliner™, has soft clear silicone inserts which gently pushes on the teeth causing them to move. This aligner achieves the bulk of the movement and is worn for approximatley 2 weeks.

The second aligner, the Plus, is more rigid, and completes the remaining movement. The Plus aligner is worn for another 2 weeks. After you have completed the first set of Bioliners™, if more movement is needed, the doctor will give you another series of Bioliners™.

Choose Invisalign braces Racine WI by Dr. Westman. He can help create a custom program for you to deal with your dental or orthodontic issues. He is an experienced Invisalign and Bioliners™ dentist and can determine if this procedure is the best treatment for your needs.

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Dr. Michael Westman | Dentist Racine | 4944 Charles Street, Racine, WI 53402 | Phone: 262 639 7000

Dr. Michael Westman provides: general dentistry, cosmetic dental treatment options, dental implants, dentures, prevention & gum care, sedation options and orthodontics in Racine, Wisconsin. The information provided on this website for Racine dentist Dr. Michael Westman, is not intended to serve as medical advice. An appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for any patient can be made only by a treating dentist, physician, or group of doctors. Dr. Michael Westman shall have no liability or responsibility to any person with respect to loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this website or obtained from other websites to which a visitor may connect and view.

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