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When seeking orthodontic treatment, the word “invisible” has rarely been used to describe braces. Historically, clear braces have been made out of ceramic or plastic materials. These are great materials; however, due to tooth enamel variation in shade, translucency, and color, not all ceramic or plastic braces may blend perfectly with your teeth. Radiance braces are made from a sapphire material that can pick up the changes in the tooth shades to more effectively blend in with your teeth.
Metal braces (stainless steel) are the most popular type of braces used throughout the country. If you choose metal braces for your treatment plan, Webster Orthodontics utilizes the most comfortable, efficient, and technologically advanced metal braces available. With metal braces patients enjoy having different colors placed on their braces as a means of personal expression and fun. Your colors can easily be changed at every appointment to coordinate with your outfit, friends, holidays, or whatever colors you feel in the mood for.
Braces for Children
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
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.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Braces for Adults
You may be surprised to know that a large population of our patients is adults! Adult patients respond equally well to orthodontic treatment and are often our most compliant patients. Society has embraced adults who have the ambition and dedication required to make a change.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens; in fact, the American Association of Orthodontists sites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21! Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite, or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- If the teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal pain, or pressure, in the jaw that is caused by crooked teeth
- To have a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment Options for Adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. Today’s orthodontic treatment options however, offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
There are actually not many differences between adult and child orthodontics; however, in children and teens the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery, in which the jawbones are surgically aligned. Other differences include:
Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt creating a bad bite and the possibility of getting gum disease.
Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Webster Orthodontics also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding, respect, and full commitment from us.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues, and end up costing you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact Webster Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. We understand you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and/or possibly heart disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
Bonding – Placing Your Braces
Placing braces on your teeth is a very easy process, one that new patients often worry about. The bonding procedure does not involve needles or painful instruments. Our fantastic team will be available to answer any and all questions you may have beforehand. This simple procedure involves the following steps:
- Isolation: A plastic appliance designed to remove moisture (saliva) from the outside surface of your teeth and provide visibility for the Doctor and team.
- Tooth Preparation: Liquid placed on teeth to allow the paste on braces to bond to the teeth.
- Bracket Placement and Positioning: Customized placement and positioning of the braces by the Doctor.
- Light Curing: Hardening of the paste to create the bond via short wavelength visible light (blue light).
- Wire Ligation: Placement of superelastic light force wires to maximize tooth movement and minimize patient discomfort.
- Patient Instruction: Though Instruction for Hygiene and Maintenance of your new braces. Total Procedure Time: Approximately 60 Minutes.
After each patient gets their braces on, the process of changing the bite, the face and the smile begins. During active treatment you will see amazing changes as teeth are straightened and aligned. Initially you will be seen at 8-10 week intervals which optimize the speed and quality of tooth movement.
Following initial alignment expect some of the braces to be repositioned to allow for perfect positioning of the teeth. We will use thicker and thicker wires as treatment progresses, and for some patients, the addition of elastics or patient specific appliances may be used to help achieve the desired results. This stage of treatment where the bite is being corrected front-to-back is often the longest portion of treatment and depends heavily on patient compliance.
Rubber bands, formally called elastics, are common to many orthodontic treatments plans, and vital to the success of treatment. Faithful wear is essential. Rubber bands provide the forces necessary to improve the way your teeth fit together. When it is time to begin rubber band wear, our team will provide you with detailed instructions outlining how they are placed, how often they are worn, and how to avoid common issues that may arise from their wear.
Appliances (space maintainers, expanders, habit breaking) are sometimes used to aide in dental or skeletal movement. As with elastics, patient compliance is the most important factor. Most appliances are seated using a paste to prevent the appliance from becoming dislodged. When indicated, our team will give you detailed instructions for the maintenance and wear of each appliance.
The final portion of orthodontic treatment involves finishing or the final positioning of the teeth. This is accomplished with elastics and/or minor bends in the wires to influence tooth movement. On average appointments are scheduled every 4-6 weeks. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you have a question or recommendation. Although the doctor has undergone extensive training in facial, dental and smile esthetics, this is your smile! Best results can be achieved when the doctor’s and patient’s visions are aligned.
Debonding and Retainer Insertion – Removing Your Braces, Receiving Your Retainers
When all of the patient’s and doctor’s goals have been achieved it is time to remove the braces! Similar to placing the braces, removal of braces is a painless procedure. Brackets are removed in minutes and teeth are polished and contoured. The majority of time is devoted to cleaning and polishing. When all remnants of the braces have been removed your retainers are seated and instructions for their wear and care are provided. We offer both fixed (bonded) and removable retainers. Certain retainers are appropriate for specific orthodontic cases. Your doctor will discuss with you the appropriate choice customized to your treatment.
Total Procedure Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
Quality results can only be achieved with your help:
- Maintain Excellent Hygiene; healthy teeth and gums move quickly!
- Keep Scheduled Appointments; missed appointments delay treatment time!
- Patient Compliance; if you are asked to wear elastics…. wear them!
- Avoiding Breakages; if your braces are not on your teeth, your teeth are not moving!
- Regular Dental Cleanings; you cannot remove everything without help!
- Wearing your Retainers; a single round of braces is preferable!
- Wearing Mouthguards during Athletic Events; having teeth to move is a plus!