For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll have beautifully straight teeth and a healthy, happy new smile. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances 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.
Now 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 often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the colour 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 for braces can range from one to three years, depending on available growth, the severity of the problem and patient co-operation. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time until case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear, is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months, or sometimes even less.