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Corrective Braces: Stages of Treatment
Considering corrective braces? Read on to learn about how the process for this teeth-straightening solution works. Receiving corrective braces is a step-by-step process, and while each case is a little different, the journey is quite similar for patients overall, with three general phases.
An overview of the stages of treatment with corrective braces
From the planning stage to the active treatment stage to the retention stage, you will slowly become more confident as you work with your orthodontist to find solutions that work best for you.
The planning stage
The planning stage will begin with your first consultation, where the orthodontist will review the position of your teeth and decide what options would work best for you. At this stage, they will also check the health of your teeth and gums.
After your initial consultation, you will be sent for x-rays so that the orthodontist can view the roots of your teeth and jawbones and rule out any underlying health problems while they also evaluate any missing or extra teeth. This is when we see the position of your teeth and find out if any teeth are impacted.
After your x-rays have been reviewed, you will move on to the second consultation, and all information up to this point will be used to prepare a detailed treatment plan. When your treatment plan is presented to you, it will include the different types of corrective braces that you may choose from. The types available include ceramic, metal, standard, or lingual braces that can apply to both arches or just one.
The active treatment stage
At this point, it is time to apply your braces. While it usually does not hurt to have the braces put on, your teeth may feel a little sore a couple of hours later because they are adjusting to becoming realigned. Your orthodontist will show you the best way to brush and floss while wearing your new braces. In about one week, you may have a follow-up just to see how everything is going and make sure that your teeth are being aligned correctly.
Once your teeth are all level and well-aligned, the orthodontist will begin working on any bite issues. You may have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, and this will be corrected by making adjustments to your braces. There might be some gaps in your teeth that need closing, and depending on your treatment plant, elastics, springs, or implants may be used to speed things up and get you the best possible results.
The retention stage
This is where the orthodontist spends time fine-tuning the alignment of your bite and making sure that your teeth are positioned perfectly. In some cases, on the day your corrective braces come off, your orthodontist might recommend a fixed retainer to make sure your teeth stay in their desired position so that you can receive lasting results and get on with a smile you can feel proud of.
FAQs about corrective braces
Thinking about straightening your teeth with corrective braces? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
How do corrective braces work?
Corrective braces exert a controlled force on the teeth and jaws to gradually move them into the desired position. This process usually takes several months to a few years, depending on the severity of the dental problem.
Who needs corrective braces?
Most people who need corrective braces are children and adolescents since this is when the bones in the jaw are still soft and malleable enough to respond well to braces. However, adults can also benefit from braces, especially if they have had previous orthodontic treatment that did not achieve the desired results.
What are the different types of corrective braces?
The most common corrective braces are metal braces, which consist of metal brackets glued to the teeth and connected with a wire. Other types of braces include ceramic braces (which are made of tooth-colored materials), lingual braces (which are placed on the tongue side of the teeth), and clear aligners (which are custom-made mouthguards that gradually move the teeth).
How long does treatment with corrective braces take?
The duration of treatment varies depending on the type of braces used and the severity of the dental problem. Generally, treatment with metal braces takes about two years, while treatment with ceramic braces or clear aligners can take up to 18 months.
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