About Orthodontics

About Orthodontics

Many people want orthodontic treatment to improve their smile without fully understanding what orthodontics is. Sure, it straightens teeth, often uses braces, and can greatly impact quality of life, but what about the specifics? Here is what our patients need to know.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontics relies on appliances, therapies, and in some cases, surgery. The appliances, however, are the start of the show. These can be removable or fixed in place by bonding them to the teeth. They use gentle force to do everything from moving teeth to expanding the width of the jaw.

How Long Orthodontic Treatment Takes

The length of treatment will vary between patients. Some may need as little as six months in active treatment, while others could be wearing appliances for over three years. You make the biggest difference in how long it takes. The more diligent you are about following the instructions we give you, the sooner treatment will be over.