How orthodontic treatment works

How Orthodontic Treatment Works


Orthodontic appliances consist of brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. 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 variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time until 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.

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