Why Braces?

Your dentist may have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. A board certified orthodontist such as Dr. Cook is a specialist in Dento-facial Orthodopedics and will know if and when it is ideal to begin treatment. He will educate you on how to obtain the best dental/facial esthetics as well as the best bite possible. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease and lead to tooth loss. Our office works hard to help you prevent tooth decay from happening by using a treatment called Opalseal.

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Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat future dental problems arising as a result of routine orthodontic problems.

A thorough orthodontic treatment plan can improve the health of your teeth and gums, and it can also dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-confidence.

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. The 21st century is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band was placed around each tooth! In addition, there is usually no need for uncomfortable separator ("spacer") appointments. There are even options of completely clear brackets which are hardly noticeable! Otherwise, most younger patients prefer to choose the color of the ties that holds the wire into the brackets. Alternatively, we may find that your ideal treatment will utilize brackets that have gates that open/close and hold the wire without the need for colored ties. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to 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 elastics or other form of compliance is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.