For most people, a beautiful healthy smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident and find you begin to smile more often. During your orthodontic treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, and will assist you in any way we can.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be bonded to your teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to their correct position, improving your bite and smile. This is a great time to wear braces! The days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth are long gone. 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, making the experience fun and personalized. If you want to see what your color combination will look like, click here. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster and more comfortably. With SureSmile robotic technology, your treatment time can be reduced by up to 40%.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient's mouth and face and the complexity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so the time to accomplish your beautiful smile may differ from the original estimated time. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands (elastics) or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months and may prevent or reduce future treatment.