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The main benefit of wearing braces is an improved, healthy, beautiful smile. In some cases, braces can help mitigate alignment issues and give you more comfort when smiling, sleeping or chewing. People who have completed orthodontic treatment report having more comfort and more self-confidence, making smiling even easier!
We want to make sure you’re smiling during treatment so we work hard to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. You can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets.
By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. Wires are less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort.
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 differently to orthodontic treatment so the actual time to case completion may differ from the original estimate.
Maintaining good oral hygiene, following instructions and diligently using any prescribed rubber bands are important factors in patients achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive or early treatment procedures may take as few as 6-12 months.