For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. In addition, your bite and jaw function will be improved and you'll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we will make every effort to help you feel as comfortable as possible.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may 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 a 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. You can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. 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 12 to 30 months, depending on the severity of the problem, the growth of the jaws, and the patient's cooperation. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in finishing on schedule.
Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.