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, 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 a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. 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.
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 variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands, headgear or other appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.
Studies have reported that the average orthodontic treatment using conventional braces and wires lasts about 2 1/2 years (28-32 months). Studies show that SureSmile technology can reduce your treatment time up to 40%; in many cases shortening treatment time by a year or more. SureSmile achieves this amazing result by creating customized super-elastic wires to move your teeth more directly into their final positions. Click here to learn more about SureSmile.
AcceleDent Aura is another orthodontic technology that we offer our patients. AcceleDent is a hands-free device that is designed to work along with conventional orthodontic treatment. The device is used just 20 minutes a day, and has been clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster. Click here to learn more about AcceleDent.