Why Braces?

smiling teenage girl with braces

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.

Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear, metallic or invisible (they are on the inside of each tooth). 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 respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so the time to complete the case may vary with each individual. The patient's cooperation with rubber bands, keeping appointments, and following instructions also control the treatment time.

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