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Traditional Orthodontics - Marquette,  MI

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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. Potocki can make the most simple or complex teeth/jaw alignment problems seemingly disappear to create a more attractive and functional smile.

How Braces Can Help

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Braces can be used to correct:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Slightly rotated teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbite
  • Under bite
  • Cross bite

The Benefits of Braces

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  • Enhanced Appearance: There’s no denying it-- a smile filled with perfectly straight teeth is gorgeous to look at, and having one inspires confidence in adults and children alike.
  • Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are much easier to clean than crooked ones, so with orthodontics, we can actually dramatically lower a person’s chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease over time.
  • Better Function: Misaligned teeth and jaws can make it more difficult for a person to eat, speak, and even breathe properly, but braces can easily correct these issues, allowing a person to live a more comfortable life with a beautiful smile.

How Do Braces Work?

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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. Potocki’s plan.

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How Long Does a Braces Treatment Last?

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. Potocki 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.

Do Braces Hurt?

Little boy with metal bracket and wire braces

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. Potocki is more than happy to see a patient to make an adjustment.

Phase One Pediatric Orthodontics

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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. Potocki 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.

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Clear/Ceramic Braces

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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.

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Come See Us!

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In the end, braces can do wonders for a person’s appearance and health all at the same time, and with Dr. Potocki 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.