For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.
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 often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients. Our orthodontists also offer Invisalign clear braces, to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted without anyone ever being able to tell you're in orthodontic treatment.
Duration of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient's mouth and face, and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time until case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands, headgear, or clear aligners is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive or early treatment procedures may take as few as six months.
If you would like more information about the orthodontic treatments that we offer and their benefits, schedule a consultation with our orthodontist today! Our Bronx orthodontic office is conveniently accessible to patients from the Washington Heights, Upper West Side, Spanish Harlem and Midtown New York neighborhoods.