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About Orthodontics

A beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics and over time has proven to positively impact one’s self- esteem and confidence. However, getting that straight smile does take a little time and we want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your time with us.

When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you have always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off!

How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances (braces) 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. 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 individually 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 is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment.

Early treatment (Phase One) usually lasts between 6 -12 months. Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.