Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic. Appliances can be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.
We use state of the art Opal Avex Suite brackets which are low profile for comfort and offer superior efficiency. Brackets come in a wide variety of colors that our patients show off with style!
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene since ceramic braces are larger. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.
Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. No one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Invisalign aligners are removable so you are not limited in what you can eat and drink during treatment. Plus… brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Invisible Braces (Lingual Braces)
Lingual braces are the invisible alternative for patients who don’t want to wear braces or when Invisalign is not an option. Placed behind your teeth, no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them. These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and dental situation. Lingual braces have the unique prescription that Dr. Fortney creates for you, built-in to ensure you get the results that you want. With lingual braces you get efficient, effective tooth movement with great aesthetics.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from an original estimate.
The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or other treatment modalities are an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive or early treatment procedures may take as few as six months. One last piece of good news to report….Advancements in technology and treatment methods has virtually eliminated the need for clunky, uncomfortable headgear.