The majority of people who come to an orthodontist want straight teeth to have a beautiful smile. Although cosmetics is a very important reason to straighten teeth, there are many other factors to consider. Properly aligned teeth will function and wear more evenly than crooked teeth. Brushing and flossing is easier with straight teeth, which may decrease the chance of getting cavities and gum disease. In addition, straight teeth should help the jaw joints (TMJ) to function better as well.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances, whether braces or clear aligners, put gentle pressure on the teeth. By activating this force on a regular basis, the teeth will slowly move into a straight position. There are many ways we can achieve straight teeth, such as metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or clear aligners.
Duration of Treatment
Most patients have treatment for approximately 18-24 months, but this varies from case to case. Some patients need treatment for only six months, while other cases can run for 36 months or longer. A lot depends on the severity of the case and on patient cooperation. In addition, sometimes by doing interceptive (Phase I treatment), we can cut down the amount of time needed for full braces (Phase II treatment).
Dr. Slutsky would be happy to discuss all of the different options with you in either the Northeast Philadelphia (Mayfair) or Bensalem, PA office. Schedule a free consultation to learn more.