Orthodontics and a Beautiful Smile

A decision to improve your smile is a decision to improve your life! Orthodontic treatment is designed to help you look and feel better. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists call orthodontic treatment “the best decision you can make!”

Duration of Orthodontic Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on 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. Factors that can result in shorter or longer treatment time include:

  • Regularly scheduled appointments
  • Good oral hygiene
  • Avoiding food or activities that with break appliances
  • Diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands (elastics)

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

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.  Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or acrylic. 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. Super elastic memory wires are the latest materials and can move teeth faster with less discomfort.

Regular Orthodontic Appointments

Your first big appointment (when you get your appliances, braces, expanders, etc. bonded) usually takes from one to two hours. You’ll then see us at regular intervals of 6 to 8 weeks apart for adjustments, which takes 20 to 40 minutes.

Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica

These are actual before and after photos of a patient treated at Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica.  For more before and after photos click here

If you have question or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica at (310) 393-8233.