Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Orthodontist & Pediatric Dentistry located in Glendale, AZ Now offering appointments.
Orthodontics Q & A
What is orthodontics?
What are the different types of orthodontics?
When placing traditional braces, your dentist glues metal brackets to each of your teeth and attaches wires to them. Over time, the braces slowly shift your teeth into a more desirable position. Periodically throughout orthodontics treatment, you return to the dental office so your provider can adjust the wires and bands. After treatment is complete, they remove your braces.
FastBraces are similar to traditional braces, but you don’t have to wear them as long. They consist of triangular brackets with square wires that move each tooth, from its crown to the root. While the average treatment time for traditional braces is about two years, treatment with FastBraces might last just three months to one year with less friction and less discomfort.
Is orthodontics treatment right for me?
What should I expect during my treatment?
If your dentist agrees you’re a good candidate for orthodontics treatment, they can begin the process of gluing traditional braces or FastBraces to your teeth. They also attach wires and sometimes bands to the brackets. The process of getting braces is simple and painless.
When wearing braces, avoid chewing on hard or sticky objects and thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste. Floss every day too. Attend follow-up appointments as recommended by your dentist, so they can adjust the bands and wires as needed.
After you achieve desirable results, you can wear a retainer during the day or overnight when you sleep. Doing so keeps your teeth in their new position and reduces the risk of shifting over time.
If you’re ready for straight teeth and a gorgeous smile, schedule an appointment with Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to find out if orthodontics treatment is right for you.