For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces 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 that 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, braces 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!
Duration of treatment
Orthodontic treatment time varies and can last between one and three years, depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor 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 children, receiving interceptive, or early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options, and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment, and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.
Types of braces:
Metal braces are the most common type of braces – but wait! They are now smaller – doing away with that previous “metal mouth” look when you smile, as a bigger portion of your teeth is visible! Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, which has the benefit of being very sturdy and clean appearing. Your comfort level is greater with these with the technological advances of today’s products, and they are more attractive – thus a winning solution for straightening your teeth! You can even personalize them with your choice of rubber bands to use with them – as they come in different colors. You can coordinate with your outfit of the day, or school colors! They also have the benefit of being the least expensive choice, and require trips to the orthodontist for readjustment usually only every 4-6 weeks.
Ceramic Braces – the more natural look, and often the choice of the adult patient, as they are less noticeable. Ceramic braces are made from a very translucent clear material, making it hard to see them, unless you are very close to the person wearing them. The down side to ceramic braces is that they are a little more fragile, so could break more easily, and also the elastic ties that bind them can discolor in-between your visits to your orthodontist. For the cosmetic appeal, these are a favorite, and the time involved in obtaining that straight perfect smile is the same as it would be for metal braces.
Invisalign – Clear Aligners
Invisalign – Clear Braces – At Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics we believe in meeting our patients’ needs for an invisible solution for braces that is not only the latest modality in invisible braces, but is a cost effective solution as well! Talk about having reasons to smile – Invisalign braces are a simple design that is comfortable, clear, with no brackets or wires!
These braces are also removable– and straighten your teeth by progressive alignments – designed especially for each unique patient’s needs for straightening. With this progressive alignment, your teeth move a little bit at a time, and meet your goal in record time! With the continual collaboration between you, your dentist, orthodontist and Invisalign, you will have the straightening solution that is designed especially for you, with adjustments made as needed. The computer-generated treatment plan will continue to work for you given the input of your orthodontist and your needs as well.