By: Shohreh Sharif, D.D.S. & Associates P.C.  10/28/2015
Keywords: Braces, Clear Braces, Invisible Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Keywords: Braces, Ceramic Braces, Clear Braces, Invisible Aligners, Invisible Braces, Traditional Braces

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Laser Dentistry

This process is more comfortable for the child because there it generally does not require painful anesthesia. There is also very little to no bleeding or swelling involved during or after the procedure. Rather than cutting, the laser both sterilizes and vaporizes the tissue at the touch. This allows the tissue to heal more quickly and sutures are rarely needed.


Emergency Care

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.


Two Phase Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.



Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.


Pediatric Dentistry

Specializing in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Shohreh Sharif and her trained, dedicated staff can put your child at ease and ensure their oral health. Pediatric dentistry concerns the teeth and jaws of children but it’s really about heart. Dr. Sharif and the office team provide a wide range of services that reflect the diversity of children and individual dental requirements. This includes orthodontics, cavity and bite evaluations, potential surgeries and extractions, fillings, cleanings, emergenc