For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces 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.
Orthodontic appliances are made of either metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable, such as Invisalign, or they may be brackets, like braces, which are bonded to the teeth.
If braces are placed on the teeth, the teeth are first cleaned and prepared forthe bracket. The brackets are then bonded onto the teeth,
a wire is placed, and the wire is held into the brackets with a colored rubber band. With the wire in place, a gentle pressure is exerted on the tooth which allows slow movement of the tooth into the proper position. Sometimes, rubber bands are given to be worn
on certain teeth in a specific way, which will help move the teeth in a particular direction.
Treatment time varies and can last between one and three years, depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive or early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time.
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.