About Orthodontic Braces: The Path to Straighter Teeth
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every four patients in Dr. Bubon’s practices is over 21! So adult treatment is much more common than it used to be. Plus, with clear braces adults no longer have to be concerned about the look of wearing traditional metal braces.
Many adults mistakenly are told that they need jaw surgery or teeth extracted in order to get their jaws aligned or teeth straightened. While it is true that the lack of ability to work with growth and development can lessen the number of treatment options for some adult patients, it is also true that there are modern methods for handling adult treatment that can prevent the need for extracting teeth or doing jaw surgery. Dr. Bubon has lectured to thousands of dentists and orthodontists about his non-extraction, non-surgical adult treatment methods.
We Have 5 Types of Braces for Our Patients
- Traditional Stainless Steel Braces – This is the choice for those who want “colors” on their braces [usually the pre-adult crowd!]. It is also the most cost-effective way to straighten your teeth. You should know that at Bubon Orthodontics, we use a modern brand of traditional braces called “Synergy”. Synergy braces use SWLF (Straight Wire Low Friction), the latest development in advanced orthodontic brace technology. Other styles of braces have a greater “binding effect” on the archwires that are put in the mouth.
- Clear Braces – These braces are made of a special kind of ceramic material [gone are the days of “clear plastic braces”!]. Modern technology has allowed ceramic braces to be very comfortable for the patient.
- Harmony Lingual Braces – For those who don’t want to show any braces at all, but are not a candidate for Invisalign treatment, we offer Lingual Braces. These braces are bonded to the backs of the teeth rather than the front. Adults can say goodbye to “metal mouth”. It is a different way of achieving the “invisible braces” goal for adults.
- “Self-Ligating” Braces – This reduces friction even more since no rubber ties are needed to hold the wires in place. If you don’t want colored ties on your braces, then this might be your best choice since your teeth can move even more quickly and more comfortably with these braces.
- Wild Smiles Braces – At Bubon Orthodontics, we strive to make every patient’s experience extraordinary! We understand that sometimes wearing braces can be challenging, which is why we offer WildSmiles, a fun and customizable alternative to traditional braces. With WildSmiles, patients can choose braces that best represent their personality! Patients can choose from four different shapes: stars, hearts, flowers, and diamonds. We’re excited to see what you choose!
FAQs About Orthodontics
- Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?
- Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.
- Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
- No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.
- Will braces interfere with playing sports?
- No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
- Do braces hurt?
- The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.
- How long does orthodontic treatment take?
- Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.
- How does orthodontic treatment work?
- Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.
- Would an adult patient benefit from orthodontics?
- Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Twenty to twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
- What is phase I and phase II treatment?
- Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment [i.e. expander or partial braces] before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of five and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits. Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen.
- At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?
- Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age, even as early as age 5. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist or the child’s physician.
- What are some signs that braces may be needed?
- Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth, or are bucked upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together [deep bite].Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth [underbite].The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together [open bite] crowded or overlapped teeth – the center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up finger or thumb sucking habits which continue after six or seven years old difficulty chewing teeth wearing unevenly or excessively. The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together spaces between the teeth.
- What are some possible benefits of orthodontics?
- A more attractive smile, reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years, better function of the teeth, healthier jaw joints [TMJ health], possible increase in self-confidence, increased ability to clean the teeth, improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth, better long term health of teeth and gums, guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions, reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth, aid in optimizing other dental treatment.
- What is an orthodontist?
- An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed an advanced education program following dental school, to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
- What is orthodontics?
- Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.