For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason to receive orthodontic care. If you’re self-conscious about your smile or have an uncomfortable bite, correcting your concerns with braces or Invisalign® will greatly improve the way you look and feel.
When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure you receive the quality care you deserve.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances are 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, they slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of your appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!
In many instances, there are also great alternatives to clear or metal braces. Invisalign® treatment involves a series of clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible. With Invisalign®, others wouldn't even know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you tell them!
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time varies and can last between six months and three years, depending on several factors, including age, treatment method, and how mild or severe your case is. A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For younger children, receiving interceptive or early treatment can also lead to a quicker treatment time later after all of the permanent teeth are in.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Schabel or Dr. Chan will discuss all your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.