Eric D. Hannapel DDS MS PC

Creating beautiful smiles daily

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About Orthodontics


For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

We work hard to ensure that you will always feel welcomed, completely taken care of, confident in the care we provide and included in the entire experience of achieving a life changing smile.  When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you've always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off!    

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be bonded to the teeth.  By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.

Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of your appliances. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time varies and can last between twelve to thirty months; depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your dental needs are.  A big factor in a successful treatment is you!  The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive, or early treatment, can also help provide a quicker treatment result.

Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Hannapel will discuss all of your options, and provide an estimate for how long your orthodontic care may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment, and learn more about orthodontics and the care we provide.

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