After your orthodontists takes molds of your teeth, and dental braces are deemed the proper course of treatment, the procedure can begin at one of our Philadelphia area offices. The procedure starts with the application of an adhesive to the teeth that will receive brackets so that the bonding material is able to adhere properly. The teeth are then banded, and brackets are bonded to the individual teeth. This process usually takes just a few seconds per tooth.
Attaching Brackets and Archwires
Spacers are sometimes used to make space for future molar banding if we determine this step should be included as part of your treatment plan. Once the brackets are placed, and spacers if necessary, the wire (called an archwire) will be threaded between the brackets and secured in place using ligature elastics. Depending on the case, there are a variety of configurations for braces to help remedy a range of orthodontic issues at our Philadelphia area offices. The brackets, elastics, and archwires are available in a variety of colors and materials, so there are still choices, even with traditional metal braces.
During follow-up appointments at one of our Philadelphia area offices, the braces will be adjusted and tightened, slowly correcting the teeth by stretching the periodontal membrane. Adjustments must be made about once a month. Depending on the case, braces treatment generally takes about two and a half years to achieve complete and lasting results.
Following treatment with dental braces, you must wear a retainer in order to avoid your teeth from reverting back to their original misaligned position. While metal braces are used primarily by younger patients, they are an effective and affordable way for adults to achieve a beautiful smile.
Many adults in the Philadelphia, PA, area who qualify opt for a more cosmetically appealing orthodontic treatment such as clear braces or Invisalign. Many of our patients choose to undergo teeth whitening to further highlight their newly straightened teeth.