Here's where you'll find the most current information about orthodontics. Be sure to explore the following public websites for your reference:
- Canadian Association of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontics
- American Board of Orthodontics
For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. The "biggest" benefit is achieving a well aligned and well balanced bite. 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. 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 often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wires in the brackets.
Duration of Treatment
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 variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands, optimal home care, and attendance for appointments are important factors in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six to twelve months.