Today, orthodontic treatment is simple, convenient and affordable for patients of all ages. And an attractive smile is just one of the benefits. Orthodontic treatment results in correctly aligned teeth that provide ideal jaw function and a great smile! Additionally, your teeth are easier to clean and more resistant to gum disease. Perhaps most importantly, orthodontic treatment almost always provides improved self-confidence.
How Does Treatment Work?
Each patient’s orthodontic condition requires a treatment plan based on a specialized diagnosis of the case. The treatment process involves X-rays, dental impressions and photographs. Braces have one aim: to use gentle pressure to move teeth into proper alignment. Treatment time varies depending on age, patient compliance and the severity of the condition. Generally, treatment lasts for 24 months and is facilitated by ideal patient cooperation.
Broken Braces and Wires
Usually emergency attention is not required for loose or broken brackets that cause no discomfort. This can be repaired during a regular appointment. If an appliance is broken, only remove it if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, or gauze. Do not remove any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue. See a dentist or your orthodontist immediately.