Problems with teeth such as crowding, crooked or misalignment can be corrected with orthodontic braces. Braces are dental appliances that slowly move teeth to the proper positions so you have a comfortable bite, straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Correcting these problems can make a huge difference in your appearance and self-confidence.
Early intervention is best when considering braces; however, many people get braces during their teen years and well into adulthood. There are a variety of braces that can correct any level of orthodontic problems from mild misalignment to severe malocclusion. Your orthodontist specializes in correcting issues with your teeth. Dr. Schatz of Schatz Orthodontics has experience and expertise in using several types of orthodontic braces to achieve the best results.
Orthodontic Treatment with Braces
The first step in getting braces that will produce the best results for you or your child is a thorough examination and evaluation of the dental problem. There are many ways in which orthodontic problems can be addressed. Finding the best solution is a priority at Schatz Orthodontics.
Some dental issues are minor and may need a simple appliance to bring the teeth into correct alignment. Other issues may need a more aggressive approach. Some patients will benefit from clear aligners, while others may need to have traditional braces in order to achieve the desired results. After Dr. Schatz has an opportunity to make an evaluation, he will discuss your options and make recommendations. The links below provide more detailed information about the types of braces and appliances and how to adapt to life with braces:
Your Treatment Plan
There is no one method that works for all individuals. Dr. Schatz will develop a treatment plan that addresses your unique dental issues. You will have questions concerning your treatment. Be sure to ask them. You may want to write down questions that you think of later. We want you to be well informed about what to expect during your treatment.
The length of your treatment will depend on many factors. In general, the average person wears braces for about 22 months. You may need to make some adjustments, depending on the type of braces you get. If you wear traditional braces, you will need to make some dietary adjustments.
Traditional braces use metal bands and brackets with wires to move the teeth into place. A variation of these use ceramic brackets that are less noticeable. These systems require a change in dietary habits to keep them in good condition. No sticky, chewy or hard foods are allowed during treatment with traditional braces. These foods can get caught in the braces and are difficult to clean out. Hard foods can loosen or break the brackets and wires of the braces.
Your oral hygiene practices will be very important while you are wearing braces. Your orthodontist will show you how to keep your teeth and appliances clean and in good condition. Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces will minimize the opportunity for gum disease and cavities to develop. When your braces are removed, you want your teeth and gums to be in good shape so you can proudly show off your new smile.
Clear aligners are also a popular way of straightening teeth. Unlike traditional braces that are fixed with brackets bonded to the teeth, the aligners are removable. You take them out for eating and oral hygiene and put them back in when you are done. Clear aligners also have the advantage of being virtually invisible when being worn. Dr. Schatz will let you know if you are a good candidate for this method of getting your teeth straightened.
Getting braces can be a life-changing event for some individuals. When you see the results of months of treatment, self-confidence soars as you present your new smile to the world. Contact Schatz Orthodontics to schedule your complimentary consultation, and begin your journey to acquiring your perfect smile.