Treatments


Braces

Braces are an orthodontic appliance used to gently position your teeth and your bite. The reason that orthodontic care through treatment with braces is so important is because you use your mouth, your bite and your teeth to speak and chew. A bite problem, as well as teeth that are left untreated, can eventually lead to serious oral problems. In just a year or two, braces can fix these issues and ensure that your mouth will be healthy now and in the future. The benefit of having straight, healthy teeth and gums can’t be overstated, and you’ll have a beautiful smile, too.
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Braces

Without braces, you may face serious dental issues in the future, including:
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay and loss
  • speech problems
  • chewing difficulties
  • jaw misalignment

Why Should I Get Braces?

Braces are used to fix common dental problems such as:
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Teeth with medium-to-large gaps
  • Teeth that are moderately crowded or very crowded
These problems can be solved for children, teens, and adults using metal or ceramic braces, as well as clear plastic aligners.

Braces That Fit Your Lifestyle

Lots of kids wear their braces with pride and use brightly colored elastics and brackets to show off their in-progress smile. Teenagers and adults, however, often prefer less noticeable treatments, such as clear braces or plastic aligners like Invisalign, which are removable and nearly invisible. You may be surprised to learn that every year, more and more adults want to either continue orthodontic care that was interrupted years ago or, would like to start wearing braces for the first time. The good news is that adults can wear many different types of braces and still get fantastic results. If you don’t want anyone to notice that your teeth are being adjusted, you have lots of great, effective options.

Types Of Braces

Braces have been made of stainless steel for years, and traditional metal braces still are made of high-grade steel. However, newer materials like ceramic and plastic have proven to be just as effective—if not more effective—as stainless steel.

Options for braces include:
  • Traditional. These braces are made of strong, lightweight stainless steel and are usually worn by kids and teens.
  • Self-ligating. These nearly invisible braces are revolutionary. Using low-pressure, continuous force, they don’t need tightening and allow teeth to move comfortably. Plus, they are made of clear material—so they’re barely noticeable.
  • Plastic aligners. These are completely customized for individual patients. They are clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth and are only removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. They are invisible, safe, and just as effective as traditional braces.
If you live in the Tampa area, Dr. Gutiérrez can review all available options for you or your child. Call his office today for your braces consultation.

Invisalign

An increasing numbers of teens and adults today are taking advantage of the revolutionary orthodontic treatment option Invisalign®, the clear alternative to metal braces.

If you are considering Invisalign® as an option for straightening your teeth to achieve the perfect smile, it is important to get the facts.
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Invisalign

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a series of clear aligners designed specifically for your mouth that is virtually invisible. Used as an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign® gently and gradually moves your teeth based on your individual treatment plan.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Digital impressions are taken of your teeth and gums to create a highly detailed image of your tooth surfaces and gum tissue. Once the impressions have been taken, they will be used to create the perfect series of custom-made aligners to fit your mouth. Each set of aligners will be worn for about two weeks and taken out to eat, brush, and floss. Every time you replace your aligner, your teeth will begin to move gradually until the final alignment is ready for you.

Benefits Of Invisalign®

  • Invisalign® aligners are clear, allowing them to be discreet while straightening your teeth and bettering your smile.
  • The aligners can be removed, which means you don’t need to change your eating habits.
  • Invisalign® aligners are made of clear plastic that is smooth and custom-made to your mouth, no more wires or braces!
  • Invisalign® can be removed to brush and floss, making your daily oral hygiene easier and better for your overall oral health.
  Gutiérrez Orthodontics offers Invisalign® for our Tampa patients as a way to straighten their teeth without being obvious to others around them. As the name indicates, the braces are nearly invisible, allowing them to work without attracting unwanted attention. Invisalign® straightens your teeth to prevent crowding, spacing, overbite problems, or various other issues. Gutiérrez Orthodontics is a premier provider of Invisalign® and we offer cutting edge technology to make your visit to the dentist even more successful.

Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of orthodontic challenges have been treated with Invisalign®. Invisalign® was developed with orthodontists and is used in many dental practices worldwide

Tampa Area Invisalign Specialists

To see how Invisalign® can help you better your smile and improve your orthodontic health, contact Gutiérrez Orthodontics today. Serving customers in Tampa, FL, we offer a variety of services to help your teeth look and feel like you want. When you select our office to meet your dental needs, you will be working with certified specialists who understand the techniques they are using. For a brighter smile in a short time, give us a call for an appointment today.

Invisalign First

Invisalign First clear aligner treatment is a type of Phase One treatment in growing children. It aligns the teeth while expanding the arches and making room for existing teeth and incoming permanent teeth.
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Invisalign First

Phase One treatment with Invisalign First may be used to:
  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions during Phase Two treatment
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

INITIAL 3D DIGITAL SCANS

Invisalign First treatment starts with a simple digital scan or impressions. From there, every step of your child’s treatment plan is digitally customized to your child’s individual smile, so you know what to expect.

THE ALIGNERS

Removable aligners mean there’s little interruption to your child’s lifestyle and the foods they love. Plus, the aligners are specifically designed to fit smaller teeth and with space to accommodate teeth that are growing in.

SMART MOVEMENTS

As they progress through their treatment, you’ll see their smile transform through a series of small, expertly designed movements calculated for how little teeth should move.

WHY INVISALIGN FIRST?

  • Types of Treatment: Invisalign First clear aligners can fix a broad range of teeth straightening issues, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.
  • No Food Restrictions: With Invisalign First clear aligners, there’s no missing out on popcorn at the movies. Children can continue to eat what they want.
  • Easy Hygiene: Growing children can continue to brush and floss without hassle, keeping their good hygiene habits on track.
  • Proven Experience: When your child gets Invisalign treatment, they’re in great company. Invisalign technology has transformed more than 5 million smiles worldwide.
  Turn their little smile into a big, beautiful one.

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign First® in the Tampa, FL area, contact Gutiérrez Orthodontics. Our experienced and professional staff will work with you to help find an appointment that will fit your busy schedule.

Invisalign Teen

Today’s busy and appearance-conscious teens are looking to Invisalign Teen® to see if it is right for them. If you are considering Invisalign Teen® as an option for straightening your teeth to achieve the perfect smile, it is important to get the facts.
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Invisalign Teen

What Is Invisalign Teen®?

Invisalign Teen® is the only clear orthodontic aligner therapy designed to address the unique concerns of today’s adolescents. They are an alternative to straightening teeth without using traditional metal braces. Invisalign Teen® consists of a series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners, without metal wires or brackets.



Invisalign Teen® aligners are:
  • Clear
  • Removable
  • Comfortable
  • Customized to fit YOU
  • You can eat what you want!
That’s right, there are no restrictions with Invisalign Teen®, simply remove them before you eat. No worrying about breaking a rubber band or having wires bother your gums because of what you ate. When you’re done eating, simply place the aligner back in your mouth.

No Pain Or Irritation

Invisalign Teen® aligners are clear and comfortable – no one will know you’re wearing them! You can still participate in your extracurricular activities and continue an active lifestyle.

Replacement Plan

Because aligners are removable, there is always the potential for loss. Teens can leave their aligners on a cafeteria tray, a table in the food court, or even in their pocket during class. Regardless of how responsible you are, accidents can still happen. That is why Invisalign Teen® will replace lost aligners up to six times at no additional cost.*

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign Teen® in the Tampa, FL area, contact Gutiérrez Orthodontics. Our experienced and professional staff will work with you to help find an appointment that will fit your busy schedule.

Invisalign Teen® is on Facebook and Twitter! Talk to other teens who use Invisalign Teen® and see what they say about their treatment.

*Replacement program only available with Invisalign Teen®

Additional Information

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Digital Orthodontics

At Gutiérrez Orthodontics, we strive to incorporate the latest technology whenever possible. One way we’re delivering on that promise is in leveraging iTero, the latest in high-precision intraoral scanning design.
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Invisalign Virtual Care

Invisalign Virtual Care is a solution that allows our practice to virtually stay connected and monitor our patients Invisalign treatment by reviewing videos and photos submitted by our patients.
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Dentofacial Orthopedics

You may have noticed that our doctor specializes in “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.” While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the “dentofacial orthopedics” part of the title. We can explain!
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Insignia Orthodontics

Like fingerprints, your smile is unique. And so is Insignia, a computerized system that combines digital treatment planning with specially made brackets and wires tailored to your specific dental anatomy.
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Surgical Orthodontics

Just as an orthodontist repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) correct jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak and breathe as well as for improved facial appearances.
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Damon Braces

Hi-Tech Clear Brackets Provide Fast, Comfortable Treatment, Extraordinary Smiles And Faces For Image-Conscious Adults And Teens
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Digital Orthodontics

What Is ITero?

Our iTero Element Intraoral Scanner is specifically engineered to work with Invisalign. This sophisticated technology provides reliability, speed, and superior visualization capabilities. For example, we can simulate the outcome of your treatment to give you an idea of the beautiful results you can expect.

Certified Connectivity Workflows make iTero essential. Not only does it work with OrthoCAD and OrthoCAD Viewer and CAD/CAM systems, it provides an array of other benefits such as connecting to:
  • Restorative and orthodontic labs
  • Third-party treatment planning
  • Custom implant abutment
  • Chairside milling

Touchpad Interface Is A Breeze!

Other features of iTero that make it an important addition are the features and controls built into the wand, which plugs in easily for a quick connection to the base unit. Side buttons and a touchpad user interface make for easy usage and gyro technology makes it possible for us to rotate models on the screen for better viewing.

Who thought intraoral scanning could be so much fun?

Gutiérrez Orthodontists is always looking for ways to improve our service to you, and even make it fun. iTero puts all of the latest technology at our fingertips – in one sweet package that takes up the least amount of space and is easy to move around – making the equipment an orthodontist’s dream.

Come see it for your self! Schedule your complimentary Invisalign consultation today.

Invisalign Virtual Care

Virtual Care is designed to reduce the need for in-office appointments.*
  • Connected: Stay virtually connected with Dr. Gutierrez wherever they may be.
  • Convenient: Easy virtual check-ins for our patients from the comfort of their couch; designed to improve your treatment efficiency by allowing Dr. Gutierrez to remotely conduct a face-to-face discussion with patients via a Telemedicine Portal.
  • Confident: Feel confident knowing that your Invisalign treatment is monitored and directed by a Board Certified Specialist in Orthodontics & Orthodontics Virtually between visits to our office
Your Virtual Care experience

Gutierrez Orthodontics will give you your unique link to upload your Virtual Care feature on the My Invisalign app

With each aligner change, ours patient will submit one video and three photos from their phone

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We send specific instruction and reminders

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“On track” notifications

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Dentofacial Orthopedics

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two-to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you may familiar with are: pediatric dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and oral surgery.

One of the nine specialties is “orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.” You probably know that an orthodontist straightens teeth, and indeed: “ortho” comes from the Greek for “straight” or “correct,” and “dontic” from the Greek for “teeth.” But what about dentofacial orthopedics? “Dentofacial” is “teeth” plus “face” while “ortho” again means “straight” and “pedic” is from the Greek for “child.”

Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders, depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he’s undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics!

With skill in both areas, Gutiérrez Orthodontics can diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

For more information, contact the experienced professionals at Gutiérrez Orthodontics to find out how you can achieve the perfect smile and improve your orthodontic health!

Insignia Orthodontics



The process is simple. Following an initial examination, we take an impression of your teeth for the Insignia smile design lab. Sophisticated imaging software then creates a 3-D representation of your bite while braces and wires are custom-fabricated with your exact prescription.

Fast, Comfortable Treatment

Insignia treatment is tailored to each individual patient. Each aspect is precisely calculated to affect tooth movement in the most optimal way, resulting in fewer office visits and exceptional comfort. And because treatment is 100% personalized, patients often see a reduction in the amount of time they would ordinarily wear braces.

Insignia is ideal for everyone from the adult with the hectic schedule to the teen who wants to be out of braces and on with their smile.

Precise, Predictable Results

Now you can see your end result before starting treatment. Utilizing the 3-D representation of your exact tooth positioning, Insignia calculates the most optimal orthodontic plan for you. View with precision accuracy the correct curvature and width of the best smile specifically proportioned to your facial features. Unlike off-the-shelf braces and wires, a treatment plan developed with Insignia creates a layer of meticulous detail that provides fast, accurate and predictable results.

A Certified Specialist

Insignia orthodontists are members of a select group who have undergone additional training and certification to provide the best patient care available and the perfect smile for you.

For more information on how Insignia Custom Orthodontics can help you achieve the perfect smile, contact the experienced professionals at Gutiérrez Orthodontics.

Surgical Orthodontics

Who Needs Surgical Orthodontics?

Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However, the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.

How Does It Work?

During your orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts six to 18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.

Surgery is performed in an operating room and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added or removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.

Once you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about four to eight weeks), your orthodontist “fine-tunes” your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.

To learn more about surgical orthodontics, and to find out if this type of treatment is right for you, please contact our practice and schedule an orthodontic consultation.

Damon Braces



Area residents who want straight teeth and a fuller, more beautiful smile without the awkward look and discomfort of traditional braces no longer have to settle for metal brackets or clear aligners. Dr. Gutiérrez is now offering DAMON CLEAR, a virtually invisible system of braces that deliver fast, comfortable treatment without the metal-mouth look to accommodate today’s image-conscious adults and teens.

Traditional braces require elastic ties to hold wires in place, which can accumulate bacteria, stain or become yellow during treatment and often require uncomfortable tightening that can actually hinder tooth movement and prolong treatment. In contrast, DAMON CLEAR braces resist staining with the innovative DAMON SYSTEM of tieless brackets and high-tech memory-shaped wires that eliminate the need for uncomfortable periodic tightening. With Damon, the wires move freely within the brackets for better oral hygiene and appearance as well as fast, comfortable tooth movement.

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“The DAMON system allows me to treat patients faster and more comfortably than ever before”, says Dr. Gutiérrez. “My patients appreciate the convenience and discreet appearance of the DAMON CLEAR system, and I can create beautiful smiles with better facial results compared to traditional braces.”

The DAMON SYSTEM uses light, continuous force wires with tieless brackets. The gentle pressure exerted by the DAMON SYSTEM discourages the need for tooth extractions and the use of headgear in the vast majority of cases.

“The DAMON SYSTEM is one of the most innovative orthodontic systems on the market and it’s already been used to treat more than 3 million cases around the world,” Dr. Gutiérrez says. “We’re very pleased to bring this high-tech system to our patients in the Tampa area.”