- Category: Orthodontic
Orthodontic braces are a device used to align teeth in their ideal position as well as correcting the bite for maximum esthetic appeal and function. Straighten your teeth with name at clinic and enjoy a more confident smile today.
Dental braces can be used to correct malocclusions such as overbites, open bites, cross bites, under bites, crooked teeth, rotated teeth etc. Dental braces are also often paired with other orthodontic devices such as expanders in cases where the patient’s palate is too narrow.
Did you know that almost 30% of all orthodontic patients are adults? Many adults who haven’t had the chance to receive treatment in the past are now taking the initiative to acquire the smile they’ve always wanted. While adult bites can certainly be treated and corrected, it does pay to begin dental braces at a younger age. Both American and Canadian Dental Associations recommend that patients in need of orthodontic treatment undergo evaluation by the time they reach seven years old. As we age so do our teeth, and so they can become more difficult to move as we grow older.
How do Dental Braces Work?
Orthodontic treatment is comprised of a combination of the following major dental gadgets, each designed for a specific purpose to ensure you are on your way to your ideal smile:
Brackets: Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when mentioning orthodontics, dental brackets are small metal or ceramic attachments that are fastened to the teeth and used to hold the arch wire in place. The brackets are bonded directly to the teeth with no damage to the enamel and are available in a variety of types to service a wide array of cases.
Dental Bond: The adhesive resin or ‘glue’ used to secure the brackets in place on the teeth.
Arch Wire: The thin metal wire that is secured to the brackets applying pressure to the teeth. The wire is created in the form of an ideal arch. When attached to the brackets, it is forced to take the shape of the patient’s arch. The wire is created in such a way that it constantly wants to return to its original ideal arch and is able to do so with the help of a patient’s body heat. Once inside the mouth, the wire will constantly exert pressure on the teeth slowly moving them into the ideal position.
Ligature Elastics: Sometimes referred to as an ‘o-ring,’ orthodontic elastics are small rubber bands that are used to hold the arch wire to the bracket. They are usually changed with every adjustment appointment and come in an assortment of colors.
Note: There are orthodontic brackets which are self-litigating that do not require the use of elastic ligatures.
Rubber Bands: Elastic attachments that are used move the teeth. These orthodontic elastics latch onto hooks that are strategically located on the brackets. The strength in the elastics allows the teeth to move and straighten more quickly, effectively decreasing the duration of orthodontic treatment. The rubber band is hooked onto one upper bracket and one corresponding lower bracket in order to move the teeth as needed. The rubber band will be placed either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally from one bracket to another, a method greatly effective in correcting problematic bites.
Why Choose Orthodontics?
On average, a tooth can be moved about a millimeter per month with the help of orthodontic treatment. However, there is a great variability depending on the individual. Orthodontic treatments also may vary in efficiency depending on the needs of each case. Below we have provided some of the benefits to receiving orthodontic treatment today:
Reduced Time: Today’s technology provides dentists will 3-D imaging which aids and eases the process of creating the ideal positioning of teeth. Most orthodontic cases can be completed in a matter of 18-24 months, a significant reduction in treatment time from past orthodontic cases.
Comfortable Treatment: Orthodontic wires are now being made from materials that allow the repositioning of teeth and their underlying roots more quickly, and with less discomfort than previous wires. When necessary, the use of titanium implants anchored within the jawbone can greatly aid in shifting the front teeth back as required to allow space for missing teeth. Headgear is thankfully no longer required as it was previously in orthodontic treatment.
Esthetics: For patients who worry about sacrificing their present smile for the hope of their dream one, a new variety of options have been created. Clear dental brackets can help patients needing mild corrections improve their smile without the use of metal brackets. Invisalign is also a popular new development which allows for smile correction via the use of customized clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. The aligners are fitted to the teeth and are changed out about every two weeks.
Orthodontic treatment can award you the beautiful radiant smile you always wanted and deserve.
One of the most common recurring problems seen in orthodontic treatment is malocclusion (bad bite) which can result from one or more of the following issues:
Thumb Sucking: Children or infants who suck their thumbs or have relied on a pacifier for too long can create problems such as the forward protrusion of teeth seen in an open bite or the formation of a narrow palate requiring an expander.
Small Mouth: Limited space within the mouth can impede the development of tooth growth which can lead to crowding with the introduction of permanent teeth.
Missing and Extra Teeth: Some patients develop extra teeth or lack the development of certain teeth altogether. The bite can be affected by missing teeth when the existing teeth will shift to fill the empty spaces, or when the protruding extra teeth cause severe crowding.
Misalignment: When the teeth are misaligned, this can greatly impact the functionality of the teeth, impair the speech of the patient, or facilitate the development of grinding and other oral health problems such as TMJ.
Dental Braces Cost
The cost of orthodontic treatment ranges anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on variety of factors such as the following listed below:
- Complexity of the case
- Type of treatment
- Duration of treatment
- Dentist experience
- Dentist location
- Restorative work necessary prior to orthodontic treatment
- Dental insurance coverage