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. In this generation it 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 in color. You can choose the color of the elastics that hold the wire into the brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients. We also offer Invisalign orthodontic treatment of teeth which involves aligning teeth with clear tray aligners without the use of brackets. Once again the viability and ability to use these aligners to straighten teeth is determined on an individual basis. Invisalign may be on option to straighten your teeth or they may not be an option. Our dental team can assess your teeth to determine whether you are a candidate for Invisalign. For more information about Invisalign please refer to the Invisalign website. 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 individually 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 or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months. More complex cases can take up to 3 years. Orthodontics for Children It is recommended that your child is seen by age 7 in order to advise you if orthodontic treatment is required and when is the best time to start treatment. Every child is assessed on an invidual basis by our dental team. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. Early treatment and monitoring is highly recommended and can prevent future complications. Dr. Mang will evaluate the oral situation and recommend treatment. Often we will take care of most orthodontic treatment. Conditions which are too
Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium supports are precisely placed into the bone where the tooth used to be, and act as an anchor for naturally looking porcelain crowns. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures. In addition, patients who currently wear dentures can have the stability and retention significantly improved by having their dentures ‘snap and lock’ onto dental implants. Dental implants require adequate height and width of bone in order for them to work. If the bone levels are inadequate, additional bone (bone graft) needs to be placed at the site prior to placing an implant. The best time to place bone in the site is at the time of the extraction. Once this new bone gets incorporated into the patient’s own bone (after 4-6 months), an implant can be placed successfully. Advantages of dental implants Implants are extremely natural looking unlike bridges where adjacent teeth are being used to hold the missing tooth in place, implants are totally independent of other teeth, making it easier to clean and maintain Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditional dentures They last a lifetime Implant costs are close to that of a bridge Disadvantages of dental implants Implants are more costly than dentures The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist There is a chance the surgery fails (less than 5% of the time) For more information about whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants, please don’t hesitate to come in for a complimentary consultation.