Why Braces?

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics.  Having the smile you've always wanted will give you the confidence to achieve even greater goals in your life.  The added benefit of having a healthy bite will help you to maintain a lifetime of good dental health.  It's exciting for our team to be able to help you achieve these goals.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

This is a great time to wear braces!  The braces and appliances are smaller and more comfortable than ever. You can choose clear brackets that are nearly invisible or metallic braces with colored ties that can be changed as you go.  Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move the teeth more quickly with less discomfort for our patients.  There are many different types of orthodontic appliances.  Some are removable and other are actually bonded to the teeth.  As you can imagine, each different appliance accomplishes different changes in the teeth and jaw growth.  Dr. Hannapel will help to determine which orthodontic appliances are best for your needs. 

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from twelve months to thirty months, depending on the patient's dental needs. Patients grow at different rates and will respond individually to orthodontic treatment, so the amount of time needed to complete your care may vary from others. Your cooperation with wearing rubberbands, following the food restrictions and other instuctions for the care of your appliances plays a large role in the success of your treatment.  Working together, we aim to achieve the best result possible, with as little interuption to your life as possible. 

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