LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2017
When Do I Get My Braces Off?
Most recipients of braces use them to improve their facial appearance through the straightening of teeth and improve their teeth’s ability to bite correctly. Even though the brace user chooses this dental procedure, he or she still naturally prefers a mouth without braces! Knowing when they are likely to be removed is really important as it is a relief being able to display a better set of teeth after the completion of the procedure. Dr. Demas and his team at Demas Orthodontics find the number one question they are asked is “When do I get my braces off?”
No one person goes through exactly the same treatment program, so the time frame required for braces to complete a good job does naturally vary. The procedure follows certain standardized steps, some of which take longer than others.
At Demas Orthodontics, successful braces treatment undergoes three treatment stages. Each of these stages has to be completed satisfactorily before the preceding stage commences. The first step is analyzing and correcting the crowding of teeth; the second is aligning the teeth, while the third involves bite correction.
What if I had a correction of crowding of the teeth?
This is done through expansion of the arches or by teeth extractions. Teeth alignment cannot take place if the mouth is overcrowded, with no room to move teeth into straighter positions.
The orthodontist will determine the course of action depending on the teeth’s size, the jaws’ size and the profile of the face. If the patient has too much room, then any space will have to be closed up. Likewise, if there is limited space due to crowding, then space needs to be created.
What if I had an aligning of the teeth?
Alignment of the arches takes place by using a variety of devices, including wires, elastic chains and springs so that the teeth can be rotated, torqued, tweaked and teased into their most esthetic and favorable positions. The repositioning of individual brackets may be necessary too, as on occasions it is not possible to place the brackets into the right place to begin with. After the teeth have been partly aligned the brackets can be manipulated into better positions.
What if I had a bite that needed to be corrected?
This ensures that the upper teeth and lower teeth fit nicely. Fitting the lower ones takes place in three different planes. These are side to side, referred to as crossbites; front to back, which is overbite or underbite, and top to bottom, which is open bite or deep bite. The matching of the upper and lower teeth is achieved with wires, springs, rubber bands and sometimes surgery. When the bite is best, the back of the top teeth should rest lightly on the front of the bottom ones.
But when do the braces come off?
The patient will immediately feel and see the difference once crowded or crooked teeth have disappeared and the smile shows significant improvement. In Dr Demas’ opinion, this is still not enough. The bite must be corrected before the whole job is finally over. This ensures that the treatment will be long lasting.
Team Demas Orthodontics in Southington, CT.
For strong teeth in Southington, contact Team Demas Orthodontics for an appointment with one of these orthodontists:
- Donald C. Demas
- Mark Clauss
With an examination through medical images of your face and mouth, our orthodontists can determine the best type of braces or aligners for your needs. Most noteworthy is the types of orthodontic treatments available at Team Demas Orthodontics include:
- Invisible braces / Invisalign
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Metal braces
Team Demas Orthodontics
27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA
The Stages Leading to Braces Removal