How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic treatments are used to correct crooked and misaligned teeth or malocclusion (underbite or overbite). If these conditions aren’t treated, they can cause problems such as chronic jaw pain, damage to the teeth, and an uneven smile. Orthodontic treatments such as braces and aligners gently reposition the teeth, so they are straight and even.
Metal braces use brackets, wires, springs, and elastic bands to reposition the teeth into their correct alignment. Treatment takes approximately two years for most patients, depending on the amount of correction needed. The braces must be checked and adjusted regularly to ensure the teeth move to the correct positions.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® plastic aligners are an alternative to metal braces. The aligners are unnoticeable while you wear them, and you can remove them when you eat or brush your teeth. Invisalign® works the same way as braces, and you will need to see your dentist regularly to check your progress and receive new aligners. The treatment time depends on the amount of correction required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need to wear a retainer after my braces come off?
Depending on your unique situation, you may need to wear a retainer after your braces come off. Your dentist will tell you how long you need to wear the retainer.
Can I have different colour elastics?
You sure can! Elastics come in a huge variety of shades, and you can change them every time you go for your checkup.
Are braces painful?
Your teeth might be sore when you get your braces or after your dentist adjusts them. Pain medication can help bring relief.
What do I do if my bracket comes off or something breaks?
Call your dentist immediately if you lose a bracket, or a wire comes loose. You can use orthodontic wax to cover any pokey bits like the end of a wire.