Orthodontics is usually our Second Phase of treatment, following the use of functional appliances. The braces would now be placed to move the teeth into alignment to support the development of the bone achieved in the first phase of treatment. The second phase of treatment is initiated when most of the permanent teeth have erupted.
Braces are the small, square metal attachments (called brackets) that are bonded with special orthodontic adhesive to the teeth. There is a small slot in the middle of the bracket into which the orthodontic wire fits. In order to hold the wire in place, small tiny elastics are wrapped around the outside of the braces. It is the combination of the braces, the wire and the elastic that help the tooth move into is proper position.
To help make the wearing of braces more fun, patients have a choice of at least 40 different colored elastics.
The model below has red and green elastics in keeping with the Christmas spirit.
This phase of treatment usually last between 12-24 months depending on the amount of tooth movement necessary to align the teeth and to establish a proper bite. It is important to remember that treatment time is estimated. Our dentist has specific treatment goals in mind and will usually continue treatment until these goals have been achieved. Patient cooperation is the best way to keep on time with your treatment. Be sure to take care of your braces and to wear your rubber bands as instructed and we will both be able to achieve our desired result.
After phase II is completed it is necessary to wear retainers to hold the final result. The great part about our retainers is that they are virtually invisible which helps guarantee patient acceptance and ensures they will be worn at the appropriate times.Invisible Braces
The value of an attractive smile should not be underrated!
This patient is wearing "new" invisible braces.
Our office offers the latest advancements in invisible orthodontic braces. This newest development in orthodontic technology allows you to smile with confidence throughout treatment.
Correcting your smile is possible at any age. Some patients may choose the new clear braces or invisible tooth aligners.Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces
This patient is wearing invisible retainers.
Mystique, which uses the latest aesthetic ceramic technology, provides outstanding results and high translucency. The clear braces are bonded to the tooth just like the ordinary metal braces. Treatment time with the mystique is approximately 12-14 months depending on the difficulty of tooth movement. Adults are asking for invisible (clear) braces today.
Correcting your smile is possible at any age. Some patients may choose the new clear braces or invisible tooth aligners. Visit www.mystique.com today!NEW E-Z ALIGN
Aligning your teeth could be as easy as 1-2-3.
The easy three tray tooth aligner series, is designed for minor tooth alignment of the upper and/or lower front teeth. A slight amount of the outside part of the tooth may have to be removed between the teeth, creating a tiny space between the teeth and allows the tooth to be lined up while wearing the tray. The tray is to be worn 24 hours per day and only removed when you are eating.
The dentist will determine the length of time necessary for tray A, B or C.
If you have some minor crowding and have always wondered whether you could have them straightened without braces, contact our office today to see if you may be a candidate.