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 like a deep overbite can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, or excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat dental problems arising as a result of orthodontic problems. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. But with more and more of the population living longer, a great bite at any age is worth the time and investment.
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic (Invisalign®). 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 color. 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.
Treatment time typically ranges from six months to three years, depending on the complexity of the correction. The actual length of treatment may vary from your original estimate due to various factors. Growth, excellent cooperation with the doctors' requests, and great oral hygiene can all make treatment more efficient. For Dr. Deb and Dr. Diane, it's all about getting the best functional and aesthetic result. The doctors and their treatment team pride themselves on finishing your care on time, and everyone is excited when you finish early.