Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry devoted to building beautiful smiles by bringing teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment. Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are more likely to last your lifetime. An attractive smile is a wonderful asset to display and contributes to your self-confidence and self-image.
Braces are not just for kids. Twenty to twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Orthodontists can improve most tooth and jaw alignment problems at any age, though there is an optimal time period to begin treatment for every patient. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist by age seven. Often it will be too early to start treatment, but a thorough examination can help determine the most advantageous time to begin. Download this document with information on
when to start orthodontic treatments.
Orthodontic appliances come in many different forms; they can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Some are bonded to teeth while others are removable.
At Dr. Braun’s we offer many choices of braces. Fixed brackets bonded to your teeth can be either metal or ceramic. They come in self-ligating varieties or you can choose colorful elastic ties to express yourself and have fun. You will have the option to change your colors at every visit. We use a specialized type of ceramic bracket, which will give you all the esthetic benefits of clear braces without any of the previously associated risks to your teeth. Dr. Braun is a certified provider for Invisalign and Clear Correct and will be happy to offer you treatment with removable clear aligners as long as you are a good candidate. Ask us during your consultation about these exciting innovations, and we will be happy to show them to you.
Treatment time varies greatly among patients. Limited or interceptive treatment might only last a few months, while comprehensive correction usually takes one to three years. Every patient presents with a unique situation and we feel strongly that every patient needs a personalized treatment plan and associated treatment time.
We encourage everybody interested in changing their smile to come to our office for a free consultation and find out what types of orthodontic treatment are available to them.
With health benefits, a pleasing appearance and more self-confidence, orthodontic treatment gives people a lot to be happy about. Let our expertise make you smile.