Orthodontic treatment is a long-term solution for misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth, and other irregularities that affect a person’s smile. Braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment and are worn for an average of one to three years. Some patients may need to wear their braces for shorter or longer periods depending on the severity of the present misalignment or malocclusion.
Braces are placed onto the patient’s existing teeth and work by gently pushing and pulling them into place over time. The wires attached to the brackets across the front surface of the patient’s mouth will exert pressure on the tooth to move it to the desired position. In some cases, rubber bands may be placed around specific sets of teeth to help position them correctly.
Since patients’ teeth are continuously growing and changing throughout their lives, they will need to be checked every three to six months to ensure the treatment is working. If adjustments to the treatment plan are required, our orthodontist at Smileywood Dental Office can make them within a few weeks. Over time, a patient should see a dramatic improvement in both the alignment and health of their smile.
Once treatment is complete, patients must wear a retainer to keep their new smile in place. This custom-made dental hardware is worn over the teeth at night to keep them from shifting back to their original positions. Patients should always wear their retainer as directed by their dentist to ensure that their teeth remain straight and their treatment remains successful.
Some signs to look for include the following:
Plus, as your child develops, your orthodontist will monitor their teeth, jaws, palate, and more to ensure everything is growing.
If you’re considering getting treatment for your smile to improve the way it looks and functions, visit Smileywood Dental Office at 4354 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, or call or text (323) 741-0556. They will be able to walk you through the process from start to finish and discuss all of the available treatment options to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
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