Despite all of the recent advancements in dentistry over the years, traditional metal braces are still the most reliable, durable, and cost-effective orthodontic treatment available today. With them, Dr. Fulks can make the most simple or complex teeth/jaw alignment problems seemingly disappear to create a more attractive and functional smile.
Braces can be used to correct:
Orthodontics in general works by applying a gentle but consistent force to the teeth that causes them to gradually shift over time. With braces, this is accomplished with a thin metal wire that is specially bent to guide one row of teeth into the proper position. To keep this wire in place, it is attached to metal brackets that are bonded to each tooth using small rubber bands called elastics. Over the course of treatment, this wire is gradually tightened, slowly aligning the teeth according to Dr. Fulks’s plan.
This really depends on each particular patient’s situation. For minor misalignments, braces can often correct them in about 12 months, but for more complex ones, the process may require 2 to 3 years. Dr. Fulks can give you a better idea of how long you or your child’s treatment will last when you come in for an initial consultation.
While it is normal for the teeth and gums to feel a little bit sore after braces have been initially put on or adjusted, this typically goes away after just a few days. Sometimes, the brackets can cause irritation on the lips and cheeks as well, but the mouth is quickly able to adapt. Of course, if there is any persistent discomfort, Dr. Fulks is more than happy to see a patient to make an adjustment.
Children can actually develop orthodontic problems at a very early age, even as soon as their baby teeth start to come in. By bringing your child in to see Dr. Fulks around the age of 7, he’s able to spot current alignment issues as well as the signs that others may pop up in the future. Using Phase One Pediatric Orthodontics, he can help drastically lower a child’s chances of needing more extensive (and expensive) treatment in the future. In some cases, early-age care can help children avoid the need for future orthodontics altogether.
If you’re an adult who wants the reliability of braces without the noticeable appearance, clear/ceramic braces is the treatment for you. They work the same trusted way as traditional braces, except the brackets and wires are made of either a clear or tooth-colored material. This makes their appearance extremely subtle, so much so that you won’t have to worry about friends and coworkers noticing them. It’s the perfect way to get the smile you’ve always wanted while maintaining your daily professional appearance.
In the end, braces can do wonders for a person’s appearance and health all at the same time, and with Dr. Fulks in your corner, he’ll make sure the process is smooth and easy from beginning to end. To schedule a consultation to see how braces will work for you or your child, contact us today.