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Comprehensive Treatments

comprehensive treatments
Comprehensive treatment is initiated when most or all of the permanent teeth have emerged in the mouth. Typically, comprehensive treatment involves braces on both the upper and lower teeth. In some cases, Invisalign® may be used instead of braces.

In adolescents, comprehensive orthodontic treatment combined with jaw orthopedics aims to align the teeth, guide the growth and development of the jaws, and establish a proper bite. In adults, where growth of the jaws is already complete, the purpose of orthodontic treatment is to place the teeth into their correct positions for an optimal bite, to optimize smile and facial aesthetics, and to establish proper jaw function.

These are some of the specific goals of comprehensive treatment:

  • Improved self-confidence associated with a more attractive smile
  • Improved function and comfort associated with a proper bite
  • Ideal alignment to improve cleansibility of the teeth
  • Less stress / strain on jaw joints (TMJs) and facial muscles
  • Improved distribution of forces on the teeth which leads to less abnormal wear of tooth surfaces
  • Position the teeth to optimize other dental treatments (e.g., implants, bridges, veneers, etc.)
The length of comprehensive treatment depends on the severity of the problem. If the front teeth have minor crowding or spacing but the back teeth fit together properly, treatment may take as little as nine to 12 months. By contrast, treatment to correct moderate to severe crowding or spacing, or an improper bite, typically takes between 18 and 24 months. In some complex cases, treatment may extend beyond 24 months.
All patients represented on this site are actual patients of Dr. Schabel and Dr. Chan.
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