Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid extraction of permanent teeth and jaw surgery.
Stage 1, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment may occur between the ages of four and eight. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, over bites, under bites, or harmful oral habits. Stage 2 treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of 10‑13.
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average duration is 18-24 months. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.
At Hunter Orthodontics, we use a state-of-the-art 3D Digital Scanner to create an accurate digital model of your teeth. This high-tech scanner and software replaces the traditional – and often uncomfortable – method of taking a dental impression using an elastic material to make a mold and then casting a plaster model. Our radiation-free digital equipment increases patient comfort (no more gagging!), and it allows for more precise measurements of your teeth and bite ensuring a more comfortable fit of your orthodontic appliances and an improved outcome for your treatment.
The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the arch wires, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and checks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard while participating in any sporting activity. Dr. Hunter will provide the appropriate type of mouthguard that will allow treatment to proceed without interference.
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. Brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.
Please call the office at 248-449-1677 and we can advise you. In most cases, you can wait until your next follow-up appointment for repair. If the wire is irritating, gently bend it away from your teeth with a pencil eraser. You can also cover the exposed wire with dental wax (available at our office or at most pharmacies) or wet cotton.
You should avoid the following foods during treatment:
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Removable appliances, retainers and clear aligners should be removed and stored in a safe place before eating.
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every 3-6 months for cleanings and dental checkups.
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