Clear braces are made of translucent ceramic material. They are popular with adult patients because of their cosmetic appeal. However, ceramic brackets can have certain drawbacks. They tend to be more fragile and can break more easily than metal brackets. There can be more friction between the bracket and the arch wire slowing down tooth movement in certain cases. We will be happy to discuss their use in your particular case.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are made of high-grade stainless steel . Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive. The arch wire is held into the bracket slot by an elastic ligature. Our young patients love choosing colorful ligatures for their braces. These elastic ties are changed at each visit.
A series of clear aligners that have been generated by a computer can gradually straighten teeth. They need to be worn 22 hours per day but can be removed for eating and tooth brushing. This system is available to adults and older teens. Please ask us if you are a candidate for clear aligners.
Dr. Hunter NeillOrthodontist
Dr. Neill is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with highest honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and later went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree where he finished in the top of his class. He completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Colorado Denver earning both a Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science Degree. He received numerous recognitions and awards for academic excellence.
Dr. Neill spent his first few years after training as an associate working in the Philadelphia area. He attends yearly continuing education courses at the Orthodontic National Convention and is knowledgeable about the latest treatments and technology. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Southern Association of Orthodontics, as well as a number of regional and local professional organizations.
Dr. Neill was recently married and is moving to North Carolina to build a family and practice closer to home. He cherishes the time he is able to spend with his family and friends as well as numerous outdoor activities including snow skiing, waterskiing, hiking, climbing and whitewater rafting. Dr. is an Eagle Scout!
Cindy RibandoOrthodontic Assistant
Cindy, our orthodontics assistant and sterilization tech, is happy to help with your routine visits and make them quick and comfortable.
We are always pleased to welcome new patients. During the first visit Dr. Neill will examine the patient and provide an overview to answer the following questions:
- Is there a need for orthodontic treatment?
- Is treatment needed now, or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment procedures can be used to correct the problem?
- Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
- What are my payment options?
While we can often answer the above questions about treatment during the initial examination, we need to collect more detailed information about the patient’s teeth and jaw structure prior to beginning treatment. This will be done during the diagnostic records appointment. Depending on time, this appointment may be combined with your initial visit or can be scheduled separately. The records include x-rays, photos of the teeth and face, and impressions for study models. All of these are necessary for developing an appropriate treatment plan. We feel it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to better results and higher patient satisfaction.
Many dental insurance plans cover orthodontic care. We will be happy to assist you in checking the insurance requirements and your eligibility of coverage! Please have a copy of your insurance information ready so that we may help.
New Patient Forms
Please see the links below that will allow you complete necessary new patient forms prior to your office visit. When you make your first appointment, our friendly staff will let you know which forms you will need for your office visit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will be happy to assist you.
Call us “old fashioned.”
We believe in a mix of modern orthodontic treatment in a small practice so we can offer individual high quality care in an unhurried, personal setting.