When most people think of orthodontic treatment, they properly think of beautifully straight smiles.
While this is an important component of treatment, it’s not the only reason why patients choose it. Orthodontic treatment also creates more harmonious bites, ensuring better oral health and bite function.
We turn to orthodontic treatment to close gaps, correct crowding, straighten crookedness, align the jaws, and improve the bite relationship.
Today’s orthodontic treatment is the most advanced, with the most cutting edge treatment options available. Straightening options can be made in metal, ceramic or even high-grade plastic. You can opt for traditional braces that are bonded to the teeth, or for removable options such as Invisalign. No matter what option you choose, the goal will be the same – a straighter smile and properly functioning bite.
Traditional braces are a far cry from braces of yesterday. Today, they can be clear, metallic or tooth-colored. Even if you opt for metal braces, they are sleeker and less noticeable than ever before. And, they are more efficient so you can be in and out of treatment in no time.
Many patients like the appeal of clear aligners such as Invisalign. Designed to go directly over the teeth, clear aligners are made from clear plastic and are designed to be removable. They offer a highly discreet way to get excellent results.
Treatment times vary from patient to patient because each smile is unique. While we can offer an estimate of how long we expect treatment to take, we cannot provide an exact timeline. That’s because every patient reacts to treatment differently, and we won’t know how your smile will respond until we begin. However, the average time spent in braces typically ranges between one and three years.
Sturbridge Orthodontics works hard to create custom treatment plans tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs and smile goals. Here are some signs to look for to determine if orthodontic treatment might be right for you or your child:
- Irregular loss of baby teeth (baby teeth fall out too soon, too late, or out of order)
- Late eruption of permanent teeth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws that look out of proportion to the face
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Large gaps in the teeth alignment
- Missing or extra teeth
- Underbite, overbite, or open bite is present
- Noisy jaw (jaw that clicks or makes other sounds)
- Problems chewing or speaking
- Breathing through the mouth