Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen. But, orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile.
Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. 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.
There are two options for braces at Junction Orthodontics. We offer traditional metal brackets, as well as clear ceramic brackets for esthetic purposes. The clear brackets are available for the upper arch only. There is a slight price difference in the two types, please inquire at your evaluation if you are interested in the ceramic brackets.
A frequently asked question by our patients is “Will the braces hurt?” The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth. With sports, we recommend that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. We provide, for purchase, Mouth guards are comfortable, and come in a variety of colors. Also, it is important to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.