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Orthodontic Treatment: How It Works

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How does the orthodontics process work?

If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary exam to get to know us, understand how we can help you improve your dental health, and learn how we can help you create a beautiful smile.

How does the orthodontics process work?

Step 1: Schedule Your Complimentary Orthodontic Consultation

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends, and we agree, that children should be seen by an orthodontist at age 7-8. This may sound young to those of us who remember braces when we were in our teens, but treatment guidelines have changed since then. We can now detect subtle issues in tooth and jaw development even while baby teeth are still present.

Orthodontic consultations to keep an eye on your child’s development are done at no charge. These brief checkups frequently done annually or semi-annually help us provide effective care and plan for orthodontic treatment before bigger issues arise. Any patient, at any age, is always welcome to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal or ceramic material. When bonded directly to your teeth, they work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth into a corrected position. Clear aligners are an optional choice and are removable.

This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when heavy, metal bands and brackets were placed around each tooth. Today, wires are also less noticeable and the latest materials move teeth faster, with greater comfort, and fewer visits.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from 18-24 months, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so case completion time may vary from the original estimate. Patient compliance is probably the most important factor in achieving effective treatment. This includes regular orthodontic visits, consistent brushing and flossing, and proper care.

Interceptive or Early Treatment Procedures

Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, vary in length. Due to advanced orthodontic materials and techniques, appointments are scheduled approximately 4-8 weeks apart. This means fewer appointments, easier scheduling, and greater comfort.