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For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. Our goal is a beautiful smile with a healthy and well-functioning bite (occlusion). After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident and proud of your smile. 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 an improved 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 in 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.

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 or other force systems is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Our philosophy is to keep it simple, within reason. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.