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Braces

For Children and Adults

It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

For Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.

Adult orthodontics

Why Braces

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.:

FORMS

Child Patient
Adult Patient

  OPENING HOURS

Monday 9:00 – 4:45
Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 – 4:30
Friday and Saturday
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210.714.5525

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How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. 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. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and 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. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.

Parts of Braces

Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.

The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth along as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to their new positions.

A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth and goes completely around your tooth. Bands provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.

The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.

A metal or ceramic part cemented (“bonded”) to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.

A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.

The Crossbow is a phase one appliance that is used in patients where the upper teeth are ahead of the lower teeth. It is an alternative to the Herbst appliance in that it is not removable by the patient. It can also be used to open space for the upper canine teeth. It has the advantage over other appliances in that the spring that supplies the tooth moving force can be placed on one or both sides.

A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to their new positions.

Tie The rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.

Headgear uses an external wire apparatus known as a facebow to gently guide the growth of your face and jaw by moving your teeth into proper position. The force is applied to the facebow by a spring-loaded neck strap or head strap. The straps have a safety release that disconnects if the facebow is pulled or snagged.

A round, hollow attachment on your back bands. The inner bow of your headgear fits into it.

A welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.

A thin wire that holds your archwire into your bracket.

A lip bumper is an archwire attached to a molded piece of plastic. The lip bumper holds back the molars on your lower jaw to provide more space for your other teeth.

A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.

A device that makes your upper jaw wider.

An appliance that is worn after your braces are removed, our retainers are removable.

A small rubber ring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.

A fine wire that is twisted around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Wax is used to stop your braces from irritating your lips.

Orthodontic Procedures

The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

An x-ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.

A meeting with our orthodontist to discuss a treatment plan.

The process of removing cemented orthodontic bands from your teeth.

The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.

The process of making a model of your teeth by biting into a soft material that hardens into a mold of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use these impressions to prepare your treatment plan.

The process of placing the brackets on the patient’s model and creating a transfer tray which is used to bond the brackets on the patient’s teeth. This improves the accuracy of the bracket position which reduces overall treatment time. It also reduces the time it takes to place the braces in the patient’s mouth.

The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.

An x-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw and other facial areas.

Make An Appointment

The benefits of proper orthodontic treatment and care go far beyond a more pleasing appearance; they include teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime and a healthier mouth. If you’re interested in undergoing orthodontic care , contact Cochran Orthodontics today to schedule your appointment.