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Treatment Options

Customized Treatment For Everyone

Not too long ago, orthodontics meant metal braces, headgear and technologies that had been in use for well over 100 years. In fact, some orthodontists are still doing things the same way they’ve always done them, but Dr. Eckels leads the way with patient-focused treatment options that are faster, more comfortable and more esthetic than ever.

At Eckels Orthodontics, we offer early, interceptive treatment for younger children and, of course, braces and Invisalign for teens and adults. You can find out more about all the options by scrolling down the page, but the best way to find out what’s right for you and your family is to schedule a complimentary exam.

Options For Younger Kids

Starting At An Early Age

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. At this early age, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth, making it possible for the Dr. Eckels to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems in the least invasive way.

For most children, treatment won't be recommended until they're a bit older (around age 12) when they have all their adult teeth. In some cases, children will have issues with their jaws that make early treatment the best approach. For example, early treatment can be used to widen the jaw to make room for adult teeth to come in and to address structural issues that might require surgery if they aren't taken care of while the child is still growing.

Options For Teens & Adults

Keeping Things Going

There are more options for teens and adults than ever, each designed to fit the individual teeth - and the individual personality of the person using them. The technologically-advanced options we use make treatment more appealing and, with Dr. Eckels, amazing smiles are always amazingly affordable.

WildSmiles are a fun alternative to conventional braces. WildSmiles are specially designed brackets that come in a variety of fun shapes including stars, hearts, footballs, flowers, soccer/baseballs, and Super Diamonds. Designed to make your orthodontic experience fun, WildSmiles are a unique alternative to traditional braces, and you still have the option of adding colored elastics for a truly unique look.

Invisalign® System

Straight Teeth Without Braces

The Invisalign® System straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable aligners. It's virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without announcing it to the world. Week by week, Invisalign moves your teeth and, before you know it, your new smile is complete. Plus, Dr. Eckels is the leading provider of Invisalign in the area and that means you can always count on a great result.

With Invisalign, each aligner is custom-fit for every stage of your treatment. The first set starts where you are and the final set fits your amazing new smile. You take your aligners out to eat and drink, so there's no need to change your routine. And, you also remove them to brush and floss. Other than that, you wear your aligners 24/7.

Invisalign is a great choice for teens and adults. For even faster treatment, ask Dr. Eckels about adding Acceledent to your treatment.

TMJ Treatment

If you've ever notice clicking or popping when you open and close your mouth, you could be dealing with Tempero-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. Frequent headaches, jaw pain and, in some cases, a jaw that locks open or closed can occur.

When you have your initial, complimentary consultation, Dr. Eckels will check your TMJ joint and ask a few questions to help you determine if it's anything you need to be concerned about. Many patients report that braces treatment alone improves their TMJ issues. In other cases, further treatment is indicated.

Phase I and Phase II Treatments

For some children, early treatment (starting before all their adult teeth are in) is used to shorten the amount of time they'll spend in treatment during a second phase of treatment. The first phase happens while the child has a mix of baby and adult teeth and the second phase begins once they have all their adult teeth, usually with a break between the two phases.

When you bring your youngster in for an initial consultation, Dr. Eckels will recommend the best approach and time to start treatment. If he recommends waiting for treatment, your child will be enrolled in our growth and guidance club and will receive free exams at regular intervals until ready for treatment. It's fun for kids and a great way for you to know your child is getting the best care available.

Clarity (Invisible) Braces

While Invisalign is a great esthetic option, many teens and adults would rather not have to think about taking their aligners off, keeping them clean, and putting them back in every time they want to eat something or have something (other than water) to drink. For them, esthetic braces, like our Clarity Braces, are a perfect choice. Clarity braces virtually disappear against your teeth and once Dr. Eckels places them on your teeth, they do the work. All you have to do is keep them clean.

Surgical Orthodontics

Dr. Eckels is an orthodontic specialist and that means he is uniquely qualified to determine the best position of your jaws and teeth. In some instances that means orthognathic surgery is a recommended part of treatment. This "jaw surgery" isn't for everyone, but if your lower jaw is recessed, your lower or upper arch is just too small or you have issues with your palate, Dr. Eckels will help you identify the issue, plan a solution and connect you with a qualified oral surgeon in the area. Then, he'll act as the team leader, working with your dentist and your oral surgeon, to make sure you have a great experience and an amazing result.

Accelerated Treatment

Now you can advance your smile and finish treatment event faster with Acceledent. Tooth movement is stimulated with gentle vibration.

3D Radiology and Imaging With Our iCat

Dr. Eckels brings the kind of technologies to Parkersburg, Marietta and Ripley that you might expect to only find in a much larger city. Our iCat, 3D, Cone-Beam scanner is a great example of that. With the iCat, he can see much greater detail than a traditional x-ray provides because he believes better information at the start of treatment means a better patient experience and better results. Plus, the iCat uses lower radiation than traditional x-rays, further safeguarding your family.

3D Scanning With Our iTERO Scanner

Remember when orthodontics required goopy impressions...that tray of gooey, oozy stuff that they would stick in your mouth and leave it there to dry in order to get a model of your teeth? And, of course, they'd have to do that again at the end of treatment to capture a new model. Not at Eckels Orthodontics. With our iTero Scanner, we use a 100% digital process to capture a 3D impression of your mouth. Better for you. Better for us.

Tooth Colored Wires

If you want all the benefits of braces, but really want esthetic treatment, Eckels Orthodontics is the place for you. Our space-aged, tooth-colored wires look amazing...because they don't look like anything. With this option, people may know you're in treatment, but they'll see your smile, not your braces.