Your Southbury Orthodontist
Dr. Mark Clauss earned his dental degree from Temple University in 2000, practicing general dentistry for five years before deciding to pursue orthodontics. In 2005, he returned to school at SUNY Buffalo to complete his postdoctoral specialty training in orthodontics, graduating in 2007.
Dr. Mark takes as many continuing education courses as he can throughout the year, especially in Invisalign. His professional affiliations and accolades include:
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Greater Waterbury Dental Society
- Litchfield County Dental Society
- Phi Beta Kappa
Traditional braces are one of the most efficient tools we have for straightening teeth. Metal or ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth, then connected by wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. Through regular adjustments with Dr. Mark, these components work together to apply gentle pressure that will gradually move the teeth into the desired positions.
Southbury braces are an excellent orthodontic option for correcting a number of oral issues, from simple to complex. Because they sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, overall treatment time can be slightly reduced. In addition, braces don’t require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can. This makes Southbury braces a cost-effective orthodontic option for patients on a budget.
Rather than brackets and bands, the Southbury Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth into alignment. This option is incredibly popular with both patients and orthodontists, and is currently the top alternative to traditional braces. Dr. Clauss has successfully provided Invisalign treatments to patients in Southbury for more than ten years.
Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable plastic material and designed to fit snugly over the patient’s teeth. The trays are virtually invisible, and are usually switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. This keeps the teeth moving in the right direction! Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment in order for them to do their job. Patients who neglect to wear the aligners as directed can have a negative impact on the results and also add time to the orthodontic process.
Invisalign is at its most efficient when used to correct many of the most common orthodontic issues. For certain complex cases, Invisalign may not be a viable option. A free consultation with Clauss Orthodontics will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign.
Southbury Braces and Invisalign: the right treatment for you
At Clauss Orthodontics, our talented team work hard to provide customized treatment plans for every patient we see. When you visit our Watertown or Woodbury office for a complimentary consultation, you’ll find that we put a lot of focus on your particular orthodontic needs, as well as your specific tooth shape, the movement of your lips, and the shape of your face. Using these as the basis for your treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for your face!