While the end goal of undergoing treatment is to transform your smile, you must be as confident and comfortable during your treatment, as you will be once your braces are removed.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances come in a variety of materials such as metal, ceramic, or plastic and can be removable or can be brackets bonded to the teeth. Appliances work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly shift your teeth to the desired position. Today, choices in orthodontic appliances have increased more than ever to find an option that best fits your orthodontic needs and lifestyle. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires have also been improved to be less noticeable and more comfortable than in the past.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time varies from patient to patient depending on several factors such as the severity of the case, the patient’s response to treatment, the patient’s compliance with the treatment and the type of treatment selected. Interceptive or early treatment procedures may take as few as six months and most patients complete their treatments within three years.