Most people know that needing braces is just one of those things. If given the option, no one would choose to keep an ugly smile. But did you know that braces also help keep your teeth healthy?
There are many reasons why a person might need braces. For example, he or she may need to correct an overbite or an underbite or to straighten out crowded, crooked teeth.
While aesthetically unpleasing, it can also be harmful to your long-term dental health to go without correcting these problems. Adult teeth can also be orthodontically treated, but for the reasons listed above, orthodontic treatment tends to begin between the ages of eight and 14.
Traditionally, braces are thought of as metal wiring that stretches over teeth and corrects smiles. While this is a common option, there are many orthodontic options for patients.
These options can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic, and may be removable or temporarily attached to the teeth. Traditional braces work by moving teeth into a corrected position over a period of time: The metal wiring exerts a gentle force that is periodically adjusted by Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price over the course of the treatment.
Braces have come a long way since the days of “metal mouth” and unsightly metal gleaming. Today we have such options as Invisalign, and traditional braces even offer fun ways for patients to embrace their personality.
Want to flash a colorful smile? Colored bands may be an option for you. Not so keen on the spotlight? Our team can work with you to determine the most neutral-looking braces.
What to Expect During Treatment
Patients who need braces typically wear them from one to three years. The amount of time required for the braces to work their magic depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, as well as what conditions the braces are correcting for.
At James T. Hutta Orthodontics, each patient is evaluated holistically and treatment plans are customized to individual needs. The effectiveness of these plans also relies on the patient’s diligence with regard to prescribed instruments such as rubber bands or headgear.
Furthermore, preventive or early treatment procedures may have a shorter treatment plan. Schedule your free consultation today to begin to plan your orthodontic journey to achieve your best and healthiest smile.