Are You Ready For Braces?
Treatment timing is a very important part of orthodontic treatment and diagnosis. Dr. Webb prefers to wait until most of the permanent teeth are erupted; however, there are times when early treatment is necessary to prevent tooth extraction and jaw problems.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children are evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Orthodontic treatment is not always initiated unless there is a concern with crowding, bite or jaw problems. If Phase 1 (interceptive) treatment is not necessary, we will monitor your child until all permanent teeth have erupted and then begin orthodontic treatment at that time.
When most of the permanent teeth are in, the patient is ready for comprehensive treatment. Braces are placed on the teeth to align/straighten the teeth and correct the bite to make sure they fit together and function properly.
Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids. In fact, adults comprise approximately 25% of our practice. Orthodontic treatment can improve the health of the teeth and gums in addition to improving the confidence and pride that comes from a great smile. Crowded teeth are hard to clean and can contribute to decay and gum disease. In addition to straightening the teeth, we also correct malocclusions (bad bites). Having a bad bite can cause abnormal tooth wear, damage to supporting bone and gum tissue and can contribute to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Recent advances in orthodontic technology have made it possible to move teeth with less pressure. New wires that fit in the braces are made of space age materials that are extremely flexible and maintain their shape. As the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure and actually moves the teeth through the bone.
We offer different types of braces including metal braces, clear braces and braces on the inside of the teeth. After initial placement, the teeth will be sore for about 24-48 hours. The teeth will also be sore for a day or two after each orthodontic adjustment. Ibuprofen is the best way to help with discomfort during these times.
Types of Braces Offered
- Metal Braces
- Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
- Ceramic Braces
- Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
- Gold Braces
- Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24-karat gold and are popular with patients of all ages.
- The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
- Lingual Braces
- Lingual braces are braces that are not visible from the front. They are placed behind your teeth.