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Braces are the most common treatment method used by orthodontists. They position your teeth by controlling their direction through the use of constant, concise, gentle pressure. Although braces from 30 or 40 years ago were uncomfortable, you’ll be glad to know that today’s braces work faster, use better composite materials, and are very comfortable.
Adults, teenagers, and children can use braces or other dental appliances to straighten their teeth or improve their bite under the guidance of an orthodontist.
The first questions we hear from our patients is: How long am I going to have these braces on? Our answer is: It depends on the person, their teeth, and the problems that need to be corrected. In other words, it varies with every person. Also, adult care can often be different from the orthodontic treatment a child may receive, because a child’s bone structure is not yet set and rigid. If children are treated early, modifications can be made in the jawbone that can provide more room for teeth to grow and can also ensure a proper bite. That type of option is not available to older teenagers and adults. While most treatment takes an average of around 22 months, that can mean as little as 6 months or as long as three or more years.
New orthodontic technologies, including lighter, stronger wires means faster positioning, a healthier mouth, and new treatments. Some braces are now clear or the color of your teeth. Some are self-ligating, which means that there is no elastic used, and can move teeth just as quickly as traditional metal braces. There are even some, like Invisalign, that are nearly invisible.
There are many different choices for braces, and Dr. Gutiérrez can discuss the best options with you. Call his office today to learn more about braces.