Straight Wire Braces
Straight wire orthodontics is usually our Second Phase of treatment, following the use of functional appliances or TMJ therapy. The braces would now be placed to move the teeth into alignment to support the development of the bone achieved in the first phase of treatment or to stabilize the jaw in the correct position after the jaw is properly aligned. The second phase of treatment is initiated when most of the permanent teeth have erupted.
What Are Braces?
Braces are small, square metal or ceramic attachments (called brackets) that are bonded with special orthodontic adhesive to the teeth. There is a small slot in the in the middle of the bracket into which the orthodontic wire fits. In order to hold the wire in place, small tiny elastics are wrapped around the outside of the braces. It is the combination of the braces, the wire and the elastic that help the tooth move into its proper position.
How long is treatment?
This phase of treatment usually lasts between 12-24 months depending on the amount of tooth movement necessary to align the teeth and to establish a proper bite. It is important to remember that treatment time is estimated. Dr. Planer has specific treatment goals in mind and will continue treatment until these goals have been achieved. Patient cooperation is the best way to keep on time with your treatment. Be sure to take care of your braces and to wear your rubber bands as instructed and we will both be able to achieve our desired result.
Can adults have braces?
Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age and approximately 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. Teeth can be moved at any age and therefore more adults are proceeding with orthodontic treatment in an effort to achieve straight teeth, a beautiful smile and healthy jaw joints. Many adults prefer the clear braces, which are more esthetically pleasing than the standard metal braces.
You are never too old to improve your smile. We also have options for invisible braces with clear plastic trays that are worn in cases with minor crowding. If you have crooked teeth or you don't like your smile, come in for a consultation appointment to see what treatment options are possible.