The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile.

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For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics.
After your braces come off, you'll feel more confident. During your treatment, we
want you to feel as comfortable as possible.





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.


Now is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band and
bracket were placed around each tooth. Thanks to technology and materials, you
can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes 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.





Typically, treatment time ranges from 18 to 24 months, depending on the
growth of the patient's mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients
grow at various rates and respond to orthodontic treatment differently, so the time
to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's good brushing,
wearing rubber bands as directed, not having brackets off and not missing appointments
is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early
treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.

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