The concept of straightening teeth has been around since the mid 1700s. The process back then was crude and expensive using primitive tools and inadequate materials. Fortunately for today’s patients, modern orthodontics has become much more efficient, streamlined, and affordable with advancements in technique and better technology.
Braces provide benefits that can improve many aspects of life. There are several reasons for which people elect orthodontic treatment:
Cosmetics – Many people are self-conscious about their teeth and/or smile which causes them to smile less or to cover their mouth when they do. A pleasing smile is one of the easiest ways to improve self-confidence, and is one of the first things people notice when meeting others. Using braces or aligners, we are able to accurately position each tooth for an ideal smile arrangement.
Health – Some experience problems caused by a malocclusion (bad bite). Symptoms range from accelerated wearing/chiping of the teeth to pain in the chewing muscles/joints. We are able to correct the bite with braces which can facilitate health and longevity of the teeth and joints.
Cleanliness – It stands to reason that crooked teeth are more difficult clean and floss than straight teeth. Brace will align your teeth making hygiene easier than it ever has been.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic treatment can be accomplished using brackets (made of metal or ceramic) or aligners (made of plastic). Brackets remain on the teeth for the entire treatment and the teeth are moved using specialized wires, which are tied to the brackets. Aligners are clear plastic trays that are molded to your teeth. They are removable for eating and brushing and replaced every few weeks. We prefer to see our patients every 4-6 weeks to make adjustments and to make sure the treatment is going well.
Duration of Treatment
The length of treatment has decreased significantly since the early days of orthodontics due to new technology and techniques. Treatment can take anywhere between 6 months and 2 years and depends on the complexity of the problems involved. We offer free consultations to discuss the treatment and goals of each patient so you know exactly what to expect during the process. It is our goal that the people here in Juneau, Petersburg and Kethcikan, Alaska, get the best quality orthodontic treatment at an affordable price. Our patients agree that the small cost of braces far outweighs the lasting enjoyment and confidence that your new smile provides. Please contact Tingey Orthodontics at 907-789-9683 to make an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Brent Tingey, and learn more about the treatments we provide.