Practice

Treatment (Process-Stages)

Process:

Braces are impressive little gadgets. Over time, they move your teeth by putting steady pressure on them.

Parts of Braces​

Braces have four basic parts:

Brackets made of metal or ceramic. A bracket is attached to each tooth.
Bonding material (glue) or a metal band. This is what attaches the bracket to the tooth.
Arch Wire, which is a thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket and puts pressure on the teeth.
Ligature Elastic (also called an “O-ties”). There are small colored elastic that hold (also the arch wire to the bracket.

The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth. Sometimes, rubber bands are used to exert more force in a specific direction. Braces exert constant pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Occasionally adults may need to wear auxiliaries in order to keep certain teeth from moving; most kids just need regular braces with wires and rubber bands doing their jobs to keep pressure on the teeth.

Stages:

Pre-Treatment (Diagnostic):

First we need to reach a diagnosis before commencing treatment. The diagnosis will generally include a discussion of the problems with the bite, crowding, spaces, impacted and missing teeth, overbite, rotations and malalignment, symmetry issues, tooth size differences, jaw position and growth concerns etc. These should be discussed in details, records such as photographs, x-rays, and models of the teeth are needed.

Treatment:

The treatment plan is designed to address the issues discussed in diagnosis. Specific appliances and treatment recommendations are determined also the approximate duration of treatment and the need for cooperation by the patient are discussed. Orthodontic treatment duration is variable, but most patients usually wear braces for about 1-2 years.

Before – After Treatment

Post –Treatment (Retaining):


You’ll have to take special care of your teeth after the removal of the braces. You may need to wear a retainer to make sure your teeth don’t go wandering back to their original places. Your retainer will be specially molded to fit your newly straightened teeth. After you get your retainer, you will be informed on when you have to wear it and for how long.

Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:

1.Your first couple of visits may include the following:

• A medical and dental history evaluation
• Impressions and molds of your teeth
• Photographs of your face and mouth
• X-rays of the teeth and jaws

After careful consideration of all records; Dr. Abbas will design a specially tailored treatment plan and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

2. Active Phase:

Active treatment involves visit to our clinic on a regular basis for adjustments and follow specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.

3. Retention Phase:

When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new retainer appliance is made for you. These retainers are either fixed or removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.