How does the dentist determine the duration of treatment required for my braces?

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La Grange, IL – When a dentist installs braces, the problem that is being corrected is malocclusion, or an incorrect bite, including overcrowding of teeth. Because teeth have taken hold of their place within the gums and jaw over time, they need plenty of time to be moved to their proper place.

Severity of problems

Some people’s teeth have a lot of distance between where the teeth need to go compared to where the tooth placement is at time of diagnosis. This is especially true of patients whose teeth, particularly the incisors, are high up in the gum as opposed to on the same horizontal line with the rest of the teeth. Such a problem will be more challenging and take more time than simply moving gapped teeth together.

Ease of tooth movement

Various factors besides tooth placement will affect the ease with which a patient’s teeth move into their proper position. For instance, various substances and medications can assist or obstruct the movement encouraged by braces or other alignment orthodontics.

Vitamin D supplements and thyroid boosting medications help teeth move, while some pain relievers and allergy medications can stiffen the gums and teeth, making dental movement much more difficult. Always disclose any and all medications you are taking to your dentist at time of treatment for best results.

Age

One of the best reasons for early childhood orthodontic interventions is that these can dramatically decrease the amount of time required for braces as a teenager or adult.

If a child gets braces when the permanent teeth are just coming in at age six or seven–the dental team is better able to help their teeth emerge into proper position within the jaw. Problems like a too small dental arch can be addressed with a palatal expander.

While kids that get early interventions still often require braces or aligners once all their permanent teeth are in later in young adulthood, the problems are much more manageable. There may be slight overcrowding instead of severe, and a bite that may need an adjustment instead of surgical intervention.

Type of aligner

Sometimes the type of orthodontic device you or the dentist opt to use affects the length of time that treatment takes.

Metal braces tend to be more efficient because they have less friction between the wires than the ceramic counterparts do, resulting in less friction and better tooth movement.

The SureSmile system is said to take a little less time because it has a robotically adjusted archwires and uses 3D simulation technology to diagnose tooth placement and more precisely predict movement.

Accelerated Invisalign is specifically targeted to those wishing to leave their aesthetic appeal largely unaffected by braces as well as to speed up orthodontic treatment time. With the use of the Acceledent device, patients are able to stimulate their gum and jaw tissues to be more yielding, causing faster tooth movement into the intended and correct placement for a beautiful smile.

If you’d like to discuss accelerating your orthodontic plan and live in the La Grange or Oak Park areas, call Battistoni and Beam today.

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