How do braces work?
There are several different types of orthodontic treatment, including removable aligners and braces, that are placed in your mouth. They gently and very slowly move teeth in a carefully controlled direction as they apply constant pressure to the teeth.
How long do I have to wear braces?
The amount of time you’ll have braces depends on your individual situation. Every child and adult is different, and King Orthodontics creates customized plans for each patient based on the severity of their dental problem, how old the patient is, and the structure of their jaw. Early (or interceptive) treatment is important in children and some treatments can take as little as six months. However, generally speaking, most people’s treatments last for one to three years. Updated materials move teeth faster and more precisely than ever before, and they also cause less discomfort than in the past.
The good news is that you can often get braces that are less noticeable than before, using clear or tooth-colored brackets. Plus, wires now are made of thinner, lighter material. We’ve found that lots of kids want their braces to be noticed, and they’ll often pick out their favorite color tie that’s used to hold the wire in the brackets.
Also, it’s very important that you use any rubber bands, headgear, or other materials exactly as prescribed by Dr. King or Dr. Bryan—they’re used to advance your treatment.