Are you concerned about the duration of your orthodontic treatment?

If yes, then congratulations- you are not the only one to feel this way! What will be the tentative duration of the orthodontic treatment, how long will it take, for how many years I will be using the braces, and so on. These are some of the most common questions in the mind of the patient and not to forget, the origin of such queries is absolutely fine and acceptable.

With the evolution of medical science, each day the technology is changing at a rapid pace. Today, many methods are readily available to accelerate the movement of the tooth through surgical, mechanical, magnet, physical stimulation etc. ways. Optimizing time in the best quickest manner, these methods have successfully assisted the reduction of time given to the treatment. Using the finest methods of Self Ligating Braces is highly suggested because this form of orthodontic treatment has the potential of saving your time by 40 to 50 percent.

What are ‘Self Ligating Braces’?

An absolute tooth colored like ceramic braces, ‘Self Ligation Braces’ are the specialized form of braces that doesn’t use rubbers for tying brackets. Since it is not using rubber brackets, the chances of getting discolored with food are minimal with this form of braces. Self-Ligation Braces comes with passive tooth colored locks on the bracket that ligates the wire causing less friction and pain throughout the process. The form of speedy innovation that comes in the name of Self-Ligation Braces looks absolutely invisible as braces. Nevertheless, the duration of the treatment is also minimal.

The process uses a specialized orthodontic hardware for the movement of the teeth, creating the right amount of pressure for moving teeth from their actual position to ideal one.

Why is Self Ligation Braces the best practice for early treatment in younger patients?

There are several benefits of using this form of braces during the early ages of life. Have a look at some of the most common benefits:

  • SLB can directly influence the growth of jaw in a constructive manner.
  • It is the quickest orthodontics treatment in comparison to anything similar.
  • It helps in improving the width of the dental arches.
  • The process reduces the need to extract permanent teeth.
  • It incurs minimal chances of jaw surgery- sometimes; completely eliminates the need of the surgery.
  • Reduces the high risk of trauma to protruded front teeth.
  • The process can both counter and correct harmful oral habits.
  • Enhances and improves the aesthetic oral appeal.
  • Enables best results in the minimal duration of time.
  • Improves speech development in the best possible way.
  • Guides the best placement of permanent teeth to the right favorable spots.
  • Complements the dental needs of uncooperative teenage years.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

At what age should one schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. Some common signs that may be indicating factors that your child will need orthodontic treatment include:
•Difficulty biting or chewing
•Early or late loss of primary teeth
•Thumb sucking
•Finger sucking
•Clicking or popping jaws
•Biting the cheek
•Apparent abnormal bite
•Apparent facial imbalance
•Crowded or misplaced teeth
An early orthodontic evaluation allows your orthodontist to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious.

What benefits come along with early orthodontic treatment?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

•Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
•Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
•Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
•Preserving space for unerupted teeth
•Reducing the need for tooth removal
•Reducing treatment time with braces

Does teeth need to be extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

How does child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?

Your child’s growth and orthodontic treatment can work well with each other. Often times either the upper front teeth are protruding ahead of the lower teeth because the lower jaw is shorter than the upper jaw. As your child’s jaw continues to grow, we can use orthodontic appliances to help guide their growth allowing the lower jaw to catch up with the upper jaw. Occasionally, if there is a severe discrepancy in the length of the jaws, corrective surgery may be necessary. It is important if your child has problems with the width or length of their jaws to be evaluated by age 10 for girls and 12 for boys.

Can one-play sports during orthodontic treatment?

Yes, we recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

Will having braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

While it may take some time getting used to playing instruments, such as wind or bass instruments, typically braces do not interfere with playing instruments.

Why does it sometimes take longer than the estimated time for orthodontic treatment?

We can only provide you with an estimated time frame of how long you will be in braces. Each patient grows differently and responds to treatment differently so variables are endless when trying to determine an exact time frame. With that in mind, the purpose of orthodontic treatment is to achieve the desired result from treatment for you. Until that result has been achieved, we will continue with treatment as long as necessary. Generally, patients who cooperate by wearing their appliances and rubber bands as instructed by their orthodontist tend to complete treatment on time and have achieved amazing results.

What is the purpose of retainers?

If not stabilized, the teeth can begin to shift out of position once the braces have been removed. Retainers are designed to hold teeth in the corrected position until the gums and bones are fully adapted to these changes. To ensure that your results last a lifetime, it is important to wear your retainers as instructed.

Will my child’s teeth shift back later?

As we age, our teeth tend to shift. Wearing retainers as instructed can help stabilize the correction and maintain your beautiful, straight smile for a lifetime. Once your orthodontist has instructed you that full time wear is no longer necessary, wearing your retainer nightly will help maintain the position of your teeth and prevent future shifting.

Will my child’s wisdom teeth have to be removed?

About 75% of patients who have not had other teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment will likely have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Your orthodontist will work with you and your family dentist to determine if having your wisdom teeth extracted is right for you.