Orthodontic braces are our Second Phase of treatment, following the use of functional appliances. The braces would now be placed to move the teeth into alignment to support the development of the bone achieved in the first phase of treatment. The second phase of treatment is initiated when most of the permanent teeth have erupted.

Braces are the small, square metal / or ceramic attachments (called brackets) that are bonded  to the teeth with special orthodontic adhesive . There is a small slot in the in the middle of the bracket into which the orthodontic wire fits. In order to hold the wire in place, small tiny elastics are wrapped around the outside of the braces. It is the combination of the braces, the wire and the elastic that help the tooth move into is proper position.

To help make the wearing of braces more fun, patients have a choice of at least 20 different colored elastics.

The model below has red and green elastics, but you will get to choose different color combinations every month if you wish!

This phase of treatment usually last between 12-24 months depending of the amount of tooth movement necessary to align the teeth and to establish a proper bite. It is important to remember that treatment time is estimated. Our dentist has specific treatment goals in mind and will usually continue treatment until these goals have been achieved. Patient cooperation is the best way to keep on time with your treatment. Be sure to take care of your braces and to wear your rubber bands as instructed and we will both be able to achieve our desired result in the most timely fashion.

After phase II of your orthodontic treatment is completed, it is necessary to wear retainers to hold the final result. The great part about our retainers is that you get to choose the design that you want!! The designs can be patriotic, fun, sentimental, or simple colors-it is totally up to you! And because the design portion of your retainer fits in the roof of your mouth, nobody will see it unless you want to show it off! The TRULY important part though is that you WEAR it!

Retainer Design Charts Shown Below: