Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, orthodontic appliances slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Most braces are now bonded to the surface of your tooth. You can choose clear or metal brackets and the color of your ties. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces or Invisalign!
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time varies and can last between six months and three years, depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, interceptive, or early phase one treatment, can also help provide a quicker phase II treatment time.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, Capitola Dentist Dr. Halbleib will discuss all of your options, and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment, and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.