If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, kindly contact our office to arrange for a consultation. You will meet our team and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about your orthodontic options.
If you would like to proceed, orthodontic records will be taken. These include:
- thorough medical and dental histories
- impressions of the upper and lower teeth
- ocranio-facial imaging of the teeth and skull
These records are analyzed and treatment is planned with you.
Teeth move during orthodontic treatment as a calculated directional force is applied to each tooth using brackets and wires or aligners. It is normal during orthodontic treatment to periodically feel that your teeth are sore or loose. These sensations can be controlled with diet or analgesics.
Every treatment plan recommended by our team is designed to address your individual dental circumstances. Some patients can be successfully treated in about a year but each case varies followed by a period of retention.
Retention refers to the period of time following the completion of treatment, where the teeth settle into their new positions and the new jaw bone stabilizes around the teeth to “retain” them in their correct position. Retention is critical to the long-term success of orthodontic treatment. Without proper retention, teeth will have a tendency to relapse.
Retention is achieved by wearing a custom fitted “retainer” on the teeth. Retainers can be removable or fixed. Our team will help determine the best retention plan for you!