Orthodontics is not merely for improving the esthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, or feel about your smile. The practice of orthodontics involves correcting these malocclusions to achieve the most stable bite possible. In addition, a person’s self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment creates a more pleasing smile.
Orthodontic treatment is different from many other types of heath care services in that we have the opportunity to work with our patients on a regular basis over an extended period of time. This allows us to get to know you as an individual and to give you the special attention we feel you deserve.
How Orthodontics 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. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire into the brackets. Wires are 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 jaws and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion differs from individual to individual. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands (elastics) or appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment.