For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your treatment is complete, you'll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic (clear braces), or plastic (Invisalign). 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 choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color 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. You can even have the option of lingual braces (braces behind the teeth) or Invisalign, which Dr. Mathew is a certified provider of.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the age and 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 is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months. For adults, treatment time also depends of the severity of the problem, but usual Invisalign time is under one year.