Most people get braces to increase their self-confidence through a beautiful smile. At the same time, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
In general, orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Depending on your treatment plan, these appliances are either removable or bonded directly to your teeth. Then, by placing a constant, gentle force in a precise direction, we are able to move your teeth to the corrected position.
Orthodontic technology has improved enormously over the last two decades. We no longer place metal bands around each tooth. Today we are able to shorten treatment times, use clear appliances, and develop custom treatment plans based on the latest imaging technology. All these advents increase your comfort and decrease your treatment time.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on the age of the patient, growth of the patient’s mouth and severity of the problem, treatment times can range from one to three years. Every patient is different, so each treatment will be customized to your particular needs and, as a result, treatment times can vary from patient to patient. Patients can achieve the shortest treatment times by following the prescribed treatment plan and using rubber bands as recommended by the doctor. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.