In addition to our preventive care and restorative services, River Ridge Dental offers comprehensive orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages, including young children, teens, and adults! In addition to improving the look of a smile, orthodontics can benefit the health of your teeth and gums. If your child is in need of early orthodontic treatment, or if you are ready to finally get the straight smile you deserve, then Dr. Zirker, Dr. Crippes, and the team at River Ridge Dental are here to help.
We treat crooked teeth and misaligned bites using the following:
- Clear Teeth Aligners (also known as Smile Aligners)
- Traditional Metal Braces
Come see for yourself why we offer the top family orthodontics near Cedar Rapids, IA and beyond!
Your Orthodontic Consultation at River Ridge Dental
Before we can get started designing a treatment plan for you or your child, Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes must first complete a comprehensive orthodontic consultation. With cutting-edge instruments, he’ll accurately assess the teeth and the needs of the patient. Better yet, with the high-tech iTero® Intraoral Scanner that digitally scans your teeth into 3D models, we'll never need to take traditional impressions using sticky, putty-like materials that many patients find uncomfortable. Instead, we'll build a treatment plan based on ultra-effective (and non-invasive!) digital technology.
Since our goal is to care for our patients' complete oral health, we will also ask you a series of lifestyle-related questions to ensure that your chosen orthodontic treatment system is right for you. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have — after all, successful outcomes depend on both the doctor and the patient!
Clear Teeth Aligners
With custom clear teeth aligners, also known as smile aligners, Dr. Zirker and Dr. Crippes straighten our patients' teeth in an average of 12-18 months. This advanced orthodontic system features removable plastic trays that are easy to care for and comfortable to wear. The crystal-clear aligners are designed to be discreet — they are virtually invisible to others!
Since they are removable, you’ll have an easy time keeping your teeth clean and avoiding problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Since you’ll have to remove them to eat anyway, there are NO dietary restrictions that come along with this treatment plan!
Traditional Metal Braces
For adults or children suffering from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems, or a misaligned bite, Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes may recommend traditional metal braces.
There are a wide variety of teeth straightening systems on the market today, but metal braces are still the most common for orthodontic patients of all ages. At River Ridge Dental, we offer modern metal braces that are more comfortable than ever before.
And with brackets and bands that can be customized for color, you can show off your school or team spirit every single time you smile!
Retainers & Post-Orthodontic Treatment
Once you've completed your clear aligner or dental braces phase of treatment, River Ridge Dental will create a retainer to help ensure your smile stays straight and healthy for many years to come! And if you lose or damage your retainer, we can help — just give us a call at our Cedar Rapids, IA practice, and we'll get a replacement as quickly as possible.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?
The average out-of-pocket cost for braces and orthodontic treatment systems, like clear aligners, vary depending on the following criteria:
- The system selected
- Your treatment timelines
- Any forms of necessary post or pre-orthodontic care
At River Ridge Dental, we are committed to providing fair and honest cost breakdowns to all patients. We work with major dental insurance companies, and after your orthodontic consultation, our friendly team will design a treatment plan with all of the treatment and pricing-related information you'll need to make a well-informed decision!
Show Off A Straight, Beautiful Smile!
Ready to receive orthodontic treatment from the local dentist you know and trust? Call us at River Ridge Dental today to schedule your orthodontic consultation!