Perfecting Your Smile
Engineering Straighter Teeth
Traditional orthodontics typically involve the use of metal or possibly ceramic braces. Steady, gentle pressure in the direction of desired change will correct the position of teeth over time. This allows for better dental hygiene, less risk of damage, a more even bite, and an overall healthier smile.
Here’s How it Works
Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are bonded to the tooth. We use new aesthetic mini-braces that are more discreet than ever! These brackets work as handles to which other components are attached to move your tooth in various directions. A skinny metal wire known as an archwire connects to each bracket. Using tension, our high-tech memory wires place pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to hold the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are needed, archwires of various diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are changed.
The Value of Conventional Braces
Traditional orthodontic techniques allow our doctors to exert more control over how your teeth are straightened. More complex corrections can be made, and because this type of braces can’t be easily removed and are constantly monitored, there is less risk of problems caused by failure to wear the proper aligner for the appropriate amount of time.
How Long Will It Take?
It used to be that you might spend 3 – 5 years in treatment. It’s not that way anymore! The time needed for treatment will vary from person to person but usually can be completed in 6 – 24 months or less. For cost-effective and time-tested results, traditional metal braces may be the way to go.