Your dentist may have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease and lead to tooth loss.
Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain.
The cost of orthodontic treatment can be significantly less than the additional care required to treat dental problems that can arise as a result of orthodontic problems. Orthodontic treatment is not only a solution, it can be a prevention.
For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. We want to assist you in achieving that great smile and see that you feel more self-confident with it! Let us help you brighten up your life.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces can be made of metal or tooth-colored ceramic. Braces place a continuous, light and controlled force on the teeth to place them in the correct position. The technology in orthodontics has improved drastically over the years. Brackets are now smaller and less noticeable and wires work faster with less discomfort for patients than ever before! Your comfort during treatment is of utmost importance to us.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is an esthetic treatment modality to correct crooked teeth or close spaces. Invisalign patients wear a series of clear aligners that gradually straighten teeth and close spaces. Trays must be worn approximately 22 hours a day for this treatment to be effective. Invisalign is a great esthetic treatment option for many patients.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from twelve to thirty months depending on the growth of the patient’s jaws and the severity of the problem. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months. Because patients grow at different rates they will respond differently to orthodontic treatment, causing the length of treatment to differ from patient to patient. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. The orthodontist and the patient work as a team to complete treatment as efficiently as possible.