Why Braces or Clear Aligners?
For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you’ll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal 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 or aligners slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces or clear aligners! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can often choose braces that are clear or metallic, and 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. Clear aligners are often a removable option that are less noticeable and comfortable.
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 severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so the time until case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment.