Are you an adult whose crooked or crowded teeth prevent you from smiling confidently? Do you have a child who has alignment issues and may need orthodontic treatment?
At Martinez Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, confident smile, regardless of age. Crooked teeth are unattractive, but they can also cause discomfort and lead to additional oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’re thinking about orthodontic treatment, you probably have many questions! In cases like this, it’s a good idea to trust your smile to an orthodontist like Dr. Jesus Martinez who has years of additional training beyond dental school. Orthodontic treatment is a lifelong commitment, and you want to know that you can count on a professional who can manage all your orthodontic needs from start to finish.
Many types of orthodontic treatments are available today, and traditional bracket-and-wire braces are a reliable, time-tested approach to straightening teeth. They are typically used to treat most issues affecting the dentofacial complex. Braces can be combined with other fixed orthodontic appliances to work simultaneously when the patient has developmental problems of the jaws. Palatal expanders, headgears, Herbst Appliances, rubber bands, etc. can be easily attached to them. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthier, more attractive smile by adjusting the placement of the teeth.
Another reason we often recommend traditional braces is that the brackets and wires are attached to your teeth and can’t be removed during treatment. This means that they are working all the time, unlike systems like clear aligners that are removable and depend on patient compliance. You can lose your aligners but never your braces.
If you are worried about metal brackets and wires marring your smile, today we have many options for customizing the appearance of your braces. For adults, we can recommend tooth-colored brackets and wires that blend in with your smile. Kids can choose from a variety of colorful bands that allow them to personalize their braces to get the “cool” look they want.
How Do Braces Move Teeth?
The crown of the tooth is the portion you can see. It is attached to the root, which is surrounded by a ligament that holds it in place. This ligament allows for some movement of your teeth, which is why Dr. Martinez can adjust their positioning.
Brackets and wires place enough force on your teeth to gradually reposition the root into the desired position. As the force of the braces pushes against one side of the root, the ligament on the other side is being stretched, and new bone is being deposited in the space. This is the action that helps reposition misaligned teeth.
Everyone has unique needs, but the average treatment time for traditional braces is 24 to 30 months.
What’s My Next Step?
You probably still have many questions, so we encourage you to call us for your free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Martinez. He has over 27 years of experience in dentistry and will monitor all phases of your treatment from your first appointment until your teeth are repositioned properly.
We accept most HMO and PPO insurance plans, and we will work with you to ensure that you get the maximum benefit you’re entitled to. If you’re uninsured, please ask us about convenient options like GreenSky financing.
Dr. Martinez and our team look forward to meeting you and helping you enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile. Please call us today to arrange a convenient appointment!