For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. You will feel more self-confident with your smile when your braces are removed and your new look is revealed! However, until that time, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your time in treatment with us and will work to do everything we can to make your experience an enjoyable one.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They can be removable or they may be bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. There are also different brackets options that are either clear or metallic silver in color. It is also fun choosing the color of the ties that hold the wire into brackets and they can be changed at every visit. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the age, growth and the severity of the problem. Each patient will grow at different rates and will respond to orthodontic treatment uniquely, therefore, the estimated time of case completion may vary slightly from the initial estimate. Diligent patient cooperation with good oral hygiene, excellent elastic wear and avoiding appliance breakage are all important factors in achieving the most efficient treatment. Limited interceptive or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months. With your help, we will work together as partners to ensure the best results possible!