About 25 percent of all orthodontic treatment performed today is on adult patients. Chances are that you too can benefit from orthodontics too!
Why Should I Have Orthodontics Now?
There are a number of reasons for deciding to have orthodontic treatment as an adult:
Orthodontics can help you enjoy a straighter smile, more even teeth and greater self-confidence in social and business settings. Other benefits include ease of brushing and flossing and reduced chances of developing periodontal (gum) disease later on. Another result of properly aligned teeth is a greater ease of chewing and swallowing.
What Will Happen at My First Appointment?
First your teeth, jaw, bite and profile will be evaluated by Dr. Bertolini. A panoramic x-ray, showing your head, face and jaw will be taken to aid the doctor to take specific measurements and plan your treatment.
How Are Teeth Moved?
Dr. Bertolini will move your teeth into a position using one or more appliances (braces and retainers). Braces work by gently applying pressure to your teeth. This causes bone to be absorbed on one side. New bone then grows in and slowly hardens on the other side of your teeth, holding teeth in the new position.
A number of factors will determine the best method of treatment for your individual case. Dr. Bertolini will consider the diagnosis and the amount of time necessary to achieve the desired result.
Here is some orthodontic lingo you may hear throughout your treatment:
BANDS are the metal braces usually attached to your back teeth.
BRACKETS are often bonded to your teeth, to hold special archwires.
SPACERS are small pieces of wire or plastic worn between your teeth for a week or two prior to getting your braces.
ARCHWIRES are the wires conforming to the dental arch used with braces to slowly move the irregular teeth into proper occlusion.
LINGUAL BRACES are placed behind the teeth, so the brackets are not seen, for esthetic purposes.
HEADGEAR is sometimes prescribed to help the braces move your teeth.
ELASTICS are tiny rubber bands used to apply pressure to individual teeth, to help them move faster.
RETAINERS are often used to hold your teeth in their correct position after the braces come off. These can be permanent or removeable.