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Types of Braces

At our office, our number one priority is exceeding patient expectations. We believe in empowering our patients to play an active role in their treatment as well. The old paradigm in healthcare was that the doctor was the expert and they had final authority. In modern orthodontics, there are many ways to treat an individual case, and the choice of treatment depends on the patient’s desires. We believe we are treating individuals who want a beautiful smile and they should have the final say in how they are treated. It is our duty to educate patients of their options, the risks and benefits, and let them make the final choice.

Length of Treatment

Regardless of the type of bracket you choose, total treatment time will depend on several factors including age, initial bite, initial crowding/spacing, the goals of treatment, and compliance. Most orthodontic treatment will last at least a month but less than three years. At your complimentary consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of your individual treatment time.

With the advances in dental biomaterials, orthodontic adjustments do not need to take place every month. In the past, most orthodontic wires were made from stainless steel, which needed to have bends placed every few weeks. The newer wires have shape memory and will continue to apply a light force to teeth for a much longer time. In the beginning of treatment, visits to our Plantation or Ft. Lauderdale offices are every 10-12 weeks. Closer to the end of treatment, adjustments may be closer to eight-week intervals.

If you choose Clear Aigners, the average appointment interval is every 12 weeks, or just four times per year and most appointments can be done Virtually!

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Traditional Metal Braces

metal braces

Metal braces have been in use for more than 100 years and can be an effective way to straighten teeth. Metal braces are typically what people think of when they hear the word “braces.” With recent advances in aesthetic treatment options, we do not see any need for patients to have metal braces unless they specifically request metal.


Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Self-ligating, Damon Braces use a sliding door to hold the wire in place within the bracket. Traditional braces use a small rubber elastic to hold the wire in place within the bracket. Self-ligating brackets and traditional brackets will produce extremely similar outcomes and treatment times. The choice of self-ligating brackets vs. traditional brackets is more a preference of the orthodontist than anything else.


Clear (Ceramic) Braces

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At our office, we are proud to be one of the only orthodontists in South Florida to offer clear braces to all of our patients at no extra charge. Clear brackets are a phenomenal alternative to traditional braces and ours DO NOT stain. They work in the same way as traditional braces but are much less visible. At our office, approximately half of our patients are adults and we found they were much more comfortable with an aesthetic option. There is no need to have metal brackets on every tooth.

Ceramic braces are an ideal choice for patients of all ages! When we started treating more and more patients with clear braces, we found that our younger patients really liked the clear also. Our younger patients have found that when they put the “colors” on their ceramic braces, they stand out even more with the clear braces than with the metal.


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Clear Aligners

Our Clear Aligners are the ONLY Clear Aligner treatment being 100% treatment planned by an actual United States, Board Certified Orthodontist AND 100% Made In The USA!

Clear Aligners are the most aesthetic way to straighten your teeth. They are ideal for patients who want a beautiful smile but are not thrilled to have braces on their teeth. Clear Aligners can be removed for special occasions and no one will even know you are in the process of orthodontic treatment. 

When choosing an orthodontist to treat you with aligners, experience is extremely important!

Invisalign is a great technology but now there are better, more precise ways to move teeth faster and without the need for attachments. Attachments act as a steering wheel for the Invisalign to help move the teeth. With Dr. Freeman's custom Clear Aligners we now use, attachments are rarely necessary, not even for rubberband use. Our patients no longer require the glue attachments to be added to their teeth! This makes our patients and referring dentists much happier because there is less chance for cavities or tooth staining. So, when our patients remove their aligners, no one knows they are in the process of straightening their smile! We have been utilizing this technology for years, with thousands of happy patients. People that have had Invisalign before our custom Clear Aligners, say our Clear Aligners are much more comfortable and easy to use.

Three years ago, Dr. Freeman started a company that remotely delivers aligners and as such, has perfected the craft of Clear Aligner design and treatment. 

Two years ago, Invisalign lost many of its patents and therfore, its control of allowing other companies to make aligners. After personally developing over 10,000 Clear Aligner cases, Dr. Freeman has become very aware of the pros and cons of the material, the design, and the manufacturing process of clear aligners with companies like Invisalign.

After much frustration with existing companies not modernizing or allowing him to design aligners in a way that eliminates many of these shorcomings, Dr. Freeman took it upon himself to start his own aligner manufacturing company. This allows him to design all of his own Clear Aligners right here in the United States, using materials that he feels are far better than the ones currently offered, providing him better control over the design and manufacturing process. This also allows him to eliminate many of the Glued-on attachments and interproximal reduction (shaving of teeth) that is required for tooth movement using the other clear aligner systems. It also allows Dr. Freeman to be more efficient, as almost all other clear aligner systems are manufactured outside of the United States by non-dentists, let alone Board Certified Orthodontists.

He was also able to eliminate much of the error introduced into the method by other aligner companies foreign technicians, by no longer having the foreign technicians try to interpret what Dr. Freeman wants done in the aligner prescription. Now, Dr. Freeman can simply move teeth exactly how it needs to be done, utilizing his 16 years of being an orthodontic clinician, and the 8,000+ Clear Aligner cases he's done right here in the United Stantes. Dr. Freeman now has the ability to directly move patients teeth utilizing his own computer program, and allowing the patient cases to go right into manufacturing in our Fort Lauderdale, Florida 3D Manufacturing Lab. 

At your first visit you will see there is no comparison between the comfort, clarity and efficiency of Dr. Freeman's Clear Aligners. In fact, his aligners are so well designed and comfortable, he has been asked to and is now selling a Pro version of his aligners directly to dentists to use on their patients around the country. Which is the ONLY Clear Aligner treatment being done by an actual United States, Board Certified Orthodontist!

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