Why Braces?

Why Braces?Are you tired of not being comfortable talking or smiling in front of other people? Do you want to make a career move and feel that your smile may hold you back from achieving your goals? Well now is the time take the action needed to improve your smile, self-esteem and overall oral health.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment does more than just increase the quality of the smile; it also improves your bite to make it more effective. A malocclusion or bad bite can affect the way you chew, smile and even how you clean your teeth.

Why should malocclusions (bad bites) be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Open-bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics can do more than make a pretty smile – it can create a healthier you.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Advances in orthodontics have provided appliances that are made out of metal, ceramic and even plastic. Depending on your treatment plan, the appliances used can either be taken in and out or will need to be bonded to the teeth.  In both cases, these appliances work by applying a gentle force in a precisely controlled direction.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment times can vary from a few months for minor corrections to a couple years for more severe issues.  Dr. VanderWall will provide an estimated length of treatment for your case at your initial consult.  Please remember this estimation is dependent on patient compliance and maintaining good oral hygiene.