There are plenty of orthodontists around and most can move a tooth, so the question beckons, why would you choose Dr. Gibbs as your orthodontist or your child’s orthodontist? We understand you have a choice about who will provide orthodontic care for you and your family. So what sets us apart from everyone else? Dr. Gibbs is an orthodontic specialist. Many people provide orthodontic services but Dr. Gibbs is an orthodontist. He spent 2 years of residency at Columbia University to gain his orthodontic degree.
We approach each patient’s malocclusion as a unique situation. There are no “off the shelf kids” so we don’t use “off the shelf treatment plans”. Each patient is unique, so each plan of treatment has to be unique.
We take our time in treatment planning to define what is wrong physiologically and what esthetic results we are trying to achieve. It is more than moving teeth. We are sensitive to patient’s and parents’ concerns involving the final result. That is why you always speak to Dr. Gibbs concerning treatment, not a “treatment coordinator”.
What is the “Happy Smile”? A Happy Smile is the concept that a person’s smile should fit that person’s face. As simple as that concept is, many practioners simply don’t get it. A “Happy Smile” is more than aligning the upper front teeth. It is making sure that smile fits that person. Your Smile is Our Specialty.
Why Dr. Gibbs is Unique
Dr. Gibbs has been creating beautiful, attractive, “Happy Smiles” in Huntington for over 25 years and has thousands of happy, smiling patients. Since completing his orthodontic residency at Columbia University, Dr. Gibbs has dedicated himself to exclusive practice of the highest quality orthodontic care as well as educating the next generation of dentists and orthodontists.
There are many orthodontic practices around today. The one factor which separates Dr. Gibbs and makes his practice unique is that ALL the patient treatment provided directly and only by him. Unlike many modern orthodontic practices, dental clinics and high-volume offices, he is the only orthodontist who treats every patient! His patients see and are treated by the same doctor every visit. There is no revolving door of associates or dentists. The patient is never treated by different doctors at each visit.
As the business of health care has evolved in the era of “managed Care” the less contact the patient has directly with the doctor, the more patients can be seen and processed to maximize productivity. Unfortunately, direct patient care and optimal treatment becomes secondary. By methodically treating each patient individually Dr. Gibbs does his best to insure that the orthodontic diagnosis, care and result is the highest quality possible.
Dr. Gibbs is a very strong advocate of not resorting to the extraction of adult teeth as a solution to crowded arches. Since the advent of modern orthodontics, extraction of first bicuspids has been a standard tool of treatment, in fact when he was first in practice with his father ( Dr. Stanley Gibbs) 50% of orthodontic cases involved the extraction of 4 adult first bicuspids. Dr. Gibbs has seen first-hand how this often results in a dished in looking mid-face, very poor soft tissue profile and even worse lip support. However over the years orthodontists have come to understand what the causes of crowded and misaligned teeth are. With this came a new way of looking at malocclusions (crooked teeth) and its cause. Using this information, individualized treatment plans are then developed so that each patient can realize their “HAPPY SMILE” without the removal of any adult teeth.
Dr. Gibbs often sees patients who have seen several previous orthodontists who immediately discuss the pulling of permanent teeth (or even surgery) as a necessary part of the treatment plan. This method can be easier and sometimes quicker for the orthodontist but not necessarily better for the patient. Of course there are times when tooth extractions are required, but these cases tend to be a small percentage of treatments. There is of course no one way to treat all patients and situations. The final result must be aesthetic, functionally stable, facially appropriate and great looking! A beautiful, “HAPPY SMILE” can usually be achieved for almost all patients without removing permanent teeth.
When palatal expansion first became a treatment modality, it was used almost exclusively to correct cross bites, where the upper teeth are incorrectly place inside the lower teeth, usually due to a narrow upper jaw. Since its introduction in the middle 1960’s its use has broadened to allow orthodontists to widen the upper jaw, which in turn gives the lower teeth room to align . So now orthodontists have an appliance to orthopedically correct narrow jaws, underdeveloped dental arches and crooked crowded teeth without having to remove permanent teeth. Palatal expansion is NOT a new experimental technique. It was developed in the mid-1960s by ENT physicians to improve upper jaw constriction and nasal airway breathing (and snoring) problems. Think of how many children today take medication or use inhalers to improve breathing and airway difficulties. Genetics, thumb, finger and pacifier habits, mouth breathing, allergies, sinus problems and many other issues can significantly affect how the upper jaw grows. Instead of pulling out teeth to fit into the developmental problem, it makes much more sense to correct the problem and save the teeth.
While we still do offer traditional metal braces most of our patients receive care with only the latest and most esthetic appliances. These include clear braces, behind the teeth (lingual) braces and of coursed Invisalign. The latest research shows 92% of teenagers believe metal braces will have a negative impact on their self-confidence and affect their acceptance in social groups.