For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
Why a Specialist
Many patients ask our staff why should a specialist in orthodontics "do their braces"? A specialist in orthodontics has not only received a four-year dental degree, but also has completed two to three years continuous full-time advanced study in an orthodontic program accredited by the American Dental Association.
Why Dr. Engel
Our primary concern is to provide the best treatment available for our patients. Dr. Engel is always researching better ways to prevent problems, improve diagnosis, and update treatment procedures. Dr. Engel has put forth great effort and expense to protect and maintain your health. We exceed the mandatory sterilization requirements set by OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control. Our staff attends continuing education seminars yearly to attain cutting-edge skills and the latest in technology. All therapists are certified in dental radiology as well as CPR.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may 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. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from one to two 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 variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, usually take from as few as six months to one year.