There are a number of factors that can influence how it is our smile looks. Many of these variables are often present in our early childhood and can be easily preventable for future generations with a few modifications to behavior.
All of your teeth have the ability to move, and your teeth are destined to grow and move to fill in the empty spaces within your mouth. By preventing the following you can help give your child the straightest teeth possible:
- Thumb sucking
- The prolonged use of a pacifier after the teeth have erupted
- Installation of space maintainers after tooth extractions
Once the adult teeth have fully grown in if a child or young adult is unhappy with the way their teeth look, orthodontic treatment is advised.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
With present day technology there are many options for treatment. Orthodontic equipment can be made out of metal, resin, or even ceramic. But they all operate under the same principles. Your teeth all have the ability to move. Dr. Cynthia Skiba simply has to find a way to apply a controlled force in a planned direction to move them over time.
There are many ways to do this and many options to choose from. Some options are not as noticeable as others so it is usually best if you talk to Dr. Cynthia Skiba about what you are looking to accomplish.
The most common type of orthodontic appliance includes traditional metal braces. Several metal brackets are bonded to your tooth these brackets are used to hold what is called an arch wire. The arch wire helps apply force to the teeth in a planned direction. Elastic bands hold the wire in place and come in a variety of colors. State of the art technology has made this process comfortable and easier than ever before.
Duration of Treatment
The time it takes for an orthodontic case to come to a close is dependent on many factors. But will last anywhere from 1 to 3 years on average. Factors that alter the length of treatment include:
- Type of treatment
- Severity of the case
- Patient Diligence: the more involved you are as a patient the quicker the treatment will come to a close.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Cynthia Skiba will discuss which options are available to you and provide you with estimation as to how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment, especially if you have any questions about orthodontics.