What is Orthodontics?
Your dentist may have discussed the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment with you. Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and lead to tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints known as the TMJs. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or jaw pain. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat dental problems that result from orthodontic problems.
For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you’ll feel more self-confident.
How Orthodontics Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic materials. They may be removable or they may be bonded (brackets or bands attached to the teeth). By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. When a tooth moves, the entire complex (the bone, and gums) change shape and move along with it. Bone physiology is essentially the same at any age, and tooth movement can occur for both children and adults with similar efficiency.
This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic in color. You can choose the colors of the ties that hold the wire in brackets, and the colors can be changed each time you come in. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster and with much less discomfort.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically varies, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. A typical Adult or Adolescent case, however, will span approximately 24-30 months. There are some milder problems that may require much less time, and some Invisalign cases, or Interceptive (early treatment procedures), may take as few as 6-12 months. Diligent observance of any prescribed instructions is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Broken appliances, poor oral hygiene and lack of compliance with proposed treatment regimens will extend treatment times, and possibly preclude successful completion of your treatment.
And a Fun Note about Pinehurst and Orthodontics! There is a Direct Link …
(P) is for the Profession of Orthodontics: the world’s greatest career
(I) is for Individual: we know each of you have specific needs which we will address
(N) is for Nice: our friendly staff is happy to take care of you each visit
(E) is for Enjoyable: how we want you to remember your time with us
(H) is for Happy Patients: because we always have fun
(U) is for Upside: there are so many advantages to having a healthy bite and a beautiful smile
(R) is for Rubber Bands: wear them or you might not ever get done
(S) is for Smile: what you leave with after treatment is complete
(T) is for Teeth: without them, the orthodontist would be out of a job