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.
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. 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.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
There are several reasons one may seek orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment allows for improvement of the patient’s facial and dental esthetics. Orthodontic treatment can not only lead to a beautiful smile but it can make the teeth fit better together. Adequate alignment and fitting of teeth is important as it may prevent gum recession, cavities, and grinding of teeth in some individuals.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time can take one to three years (on average two 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 appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.
Our orthodontic treatment philosophy includes a balanced, individualized approach to patient care. Dr. Ali Shojaei’s treatment goals are aimed at providing the most esthetic facial and intraoral results with ideal occlusal function.