Don't worry... braces are not as scary as you may think. Even though braces may have had a negative reputation in the past, these days we make it simple to feel and look good!
Mission Creek Orthodontics offers a wide variety of styles and types of braces to choose from, including traditional metal braces, self-ligation braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign®, so be sure to listen to all of your options and choose one that suites your lifestyle!
Why do I need braces?
Our teeth and smiles are a big part of our identity and how we are perceived by our peers. Improving your smile is one of the most valuable investments you can make to improve your overall appearance and self image.
Below is a list of potential benefits from orthodontic treatment.
A) Physiological Benefits:
• Properly-positioned teeth are less prone to chipping and wear.
• Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean, and less likely to decay.
• Ideally positioned teeth lessen the chance of gingivitis, recession, and gum disease.
• A good bite results in less strain on jaw muscles/joints.
• Better chewing and food digestion.
• Ability to close spaces and avoid the need for bridges or implants.
• A good bite means less chance of tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
B) Psychological Benefits:
• Increased confidence
• Improved self-acceptance and well being
• Enhanced attractiveness
In other words, orthodontic treatment to align your teeth and bite can do more than provide you with a beautiful smile - it can improve your physical and psychological health.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The average time spent in orthodontic treatment is 18-24 months. However, the actual time YOU will spend in treatment depends on several factors.
1. Timing of treatment - For some patients, early treatment before all adult teeth are in may be beneficial to correct specific, time-sensitive orthodontic issues. Although the total treatment time may be longer in these cases, this interceptive phase of treatment usually reduces, simplifies, or even eliminates the “braces phase”. Of course, each patient is different so Dr. Pollard will make sure to recommend the best options for you.
2. Severity of case - Simply put, the more orthodontic issues you have that require correcting, the longer it will take. Treatment times can vary significantly depending on how much work is required and how fast your body responds. Since every patient reacts to treatment in their own way, it may only take one patient a year to complete the treatment; however, it may take someone else 2 years or more.
3. Compliance - Closely following all instructions provided to you by Dr. Pollard and the MCO team is probably the most important factor contributing to the length of your treatment. By consistently taking care of your appliances and wearing elastics, you will definitely make your treatment shorter.
Please don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a free initial consultation!