Timing of Treatment

Timing

We provide orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents and children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven.   By that time, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated.  After evaluating the patient, if orthodontic treatment is required the doctor will discuss the best time for the patient to be begin.

How 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. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

 

Duration

Treatment time typically ranges from one to three 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 rubber bands or appliance is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.