Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment time lasts from 12 months to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person wears braces is approximately 18-24 months.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients with braces will be seen every 6 to 8 weeks.
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, normal painkillers will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all.
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.
Don’t panic if a piece of your brace breaks. This is not often treated as an emergency unless it is causing pain. If part of the brace feels sharp then you should use the relief wax provided and contact the practice to arrange an appointment.
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
Yes! Regular check-ups with your dentist are important while wearing braces.