Orthodontic treatment benefits millions of people around the world every year. One of the first questions you may ask when confronted with the need for braces will probably be, “How long will it take?” Find out how long orthodontic treatment lasts and more with your dentist at The Healthy Smile Center in Ashtabula, OH.
How does orthodontic treatment work?
Orthodontic treatment places gentle yet steady pressure onto the teeth to move them into their correct positions. Orthodontics focuses on straightening the teeth into an aesthetically pleasing smile and properly aligning the jaw’s bite for optimal chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Dentists usually recommend orthodontic treatment for teens over the age of 12 and adults though treatment may begin earlier in some cases.
How long does orthodontic treatment last?
The length of orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient. While some problems take less time to treat than others, the average orthodontic treatment lasts around two years. However, orthodontists can repair more moderate issues in as little as six months while more complex issues can take 3 years or more. Your dentist is your best source of information on treatment times regarding your teeth. An orthodontic consultation at Healthy Smile Center can help you better understand the orthodontic process and allow you to address any specific questions you may have.
Orthodontic Treatment in Ashtabula, OH
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, there are several ways to straighten your teeth. Traditional braces are normally the most affordable choice and use metal brackets and wires affixed to the teeth. Patients see their dentist about once a month for regular check-ups and adjustments to the wires. Ceramic braces use the same technique as traditional braces, but replace the metal with less noticeable tooth-colored brackets and wires. Clear braces like Invisalign use removable clear aligner trays worn in succession to correct the teeth’s alignment and the jaw’s bite. Your Ashtabula orthodontist can help you determine the best orthodontic treatment option for you.
For more information on orthodontic treatment in the Ashtabula, OH area, please contact Dr. Martin Crombie, Dr. Debra Balogh-Crombie and Dr. John Hoza at The Healthy Smile Center. Call (440) 992-2700 to schedule your consultation for braces today!