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Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that are used to correct malaligned teeth and improve the overall appearance of the smile. They consist of metal, ceramic, or plastic brackets that are attached to the teeth and connected by a wire. The wire is adjusted over time to gradually move the teeth into their proper positions.
Braces are typically recommended for children over the age of 4. We recommend an orthodontic consult at the age of 4 to evaluate for narrowness of the palate, breathing issues, sleep apnea, tongue tie and adenoid/tonsil interference while breathing. Many times we will not start orthodontic treatment until later, but the sooner breathing and spacing issues can be addressed the better the outcome for patients. The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of the misalignment and the age of the patient. It can take anywhere from six months to several years to complete treatment.
In addition to metal, ceramic, and plastic brackets, there are several other types of braces available, including lingual braces, which are attached to the back of the teeth, and clear aligners, such as Invisalign, which are made of a clear plastic material and can be removed for eating and brushing.
Who is the best candidate for braces?
Braces are great for patients who have crowded teeth, underbites, overbites, gap teeth, crossbites, mishapen teeth, rotated teeth and malalignment.
How long do braces treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment taken anywhere from 6 months to 36 months depending on the patient. During your consultation appointment, we will determine your individual needs and analyze length of treatment necessary for best outcomes. Our Harvard and Northwestern trained dentists, work to provide the best quality care based on evidenced based dental principles.