Braces are the most traditional and common method of undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces are used by an orthodontist to improve the function and appearance of your teeth and smile. The braces system is composed of individual brackets that are placed on each tooth in a very specific position. The brackets are then connected using a wire and rubber bands to move your tooth to the desired position. During the course of your treatment, Dr. Pam will change your wires and bands as necessary in order to move the teeth appropriately. Brackets may be adjusted during treatment if necessary to enhance the position of a particular tooth. This is how braces moves your teeth to their desired position.
Tooth movement is guided by a principal called biomechanics. In order to best understand the amount of tooth movement that is required and the amount of tooth movement that is safely possible, a thorough orthodontic examination must be performed before your braces are placed. Dr. Pam will first take a set of Orthodontic Patient records. This includes a dental examination, a series of photos of your teeth and face, digital and/or plaster models of your upper and lower teeth, and detailed specialized x-rays (Panoramic and Cephalometric radiographs). Dr. Pam uses the latest orthodontic technology in providing these records in order to make the experience safe, comfortable, and efficient.
There are many components of your teeth, bite, and the entire facial appearance that come into play when designing your individualized treatment plan. Dr. Pam takes all these factors into consideration in order to achieve your best orthodontics result with braces. She will study all of your records including the photos, x-rays and models in order to customize the best treatment plan for you.
The goal of Orthodontic treatment with braces is to straighten the teeth but also to place them in a stable position. A successful orthodontic treatment addresses functional and esthetic issues in order to create beautiful and healthy smiles. As an orthodontic specialist, Dr. Pam is trained to adjust all the minor details of your smile and bite to achieve the greatest results. After all, you deserve the best results!
Modern advances in braces technology have provided more esthetic options for patients of all ages. Braces come in two main variations — metal and clear. There are advantages to both types of treatment options. Dr. Pam will meet with you to discuss your specific treatment plan and determine which braces option will give you the BEST outcome. Clear braces today are nearly invisible and can be combined with white wires to provide the most esthetic treatment option.
Braces may be used alone or in combination with other Orthodontic appliances to achieve the desired results. At each appointment, Dr. Pam will closely evaluate the position of your teeth to determine what needs to be done next. Proper adjustments will then be made to take you one step close to your fabulous new smile. The final goal of Orthodontic treatment is to find that perfect combination of esthetics, function, and stability!