For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, straightening your teeth with braces or aligners will greatly improve the way you look and feel.
When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you've always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal braces. Modern wires are far less noticeable than in the past,since they are thinner and apply very light forces to teeth. These latest wires, made of super-elastic materials, move teeth gently and fast, with comfort similar to natural eruption. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces! Our patinets range from 8 to 80 years of age!
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time varies and can last between one and three years, depending on several factors including age, growth and habit changes, treatment method, and how minor or severe your bite problem is. A big factor in successful and timely treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children receiving interceptive (usually early, limited), treatment, orthodontic care is typically for a short time and will provide a much better end result after a second, finishing phase of therapy at an older age.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.