At Panorama Orthodontics, we feel that orthodontic treatment plays an important role in the achievement of good dental and oral health as well as an attractive beautiful smile, which are all important in the development of one's self-esteem and self-confidence.
This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. At Panorama Orthodontics, we take advantage of the latest technologies in orthodontics complete your treatment in the most effective and efficient manner possible, while minimizing any discomfort to our patients.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is the dental specialty that includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception and correction of dental irregularities, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures. These may involve crowded, protruded and misaligned teeth, as well as poor or mismatched jaw relationships.
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from 12-20 months, depending on the growth of the patient's teeth and facial structures, as well as the complexity of the orthodontic needs. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed elastics and other appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.