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 complex are referred to an Orthodontic specialist. Rest assured you are getting excellent care with your family and child’s best interest of utmost importance all the time.

Often, when treatment is begun early, we can guide the growth of the jaws and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arch shapes, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment may simplify later treatment.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. It improves confidence, self esteem. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of 21. Jaw surgery may be required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing but in the majority of cases this is not required. Once again this is assessed based on individual needs. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you’ll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.