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When Do I Get My Braces Off?
As an experienced orthodontist, when to remove braces is a common question I often get from my patients. The treatment of every patient is different, during the removal of the braces. However, there are basic steps and requirements that are followed in the treatment process of most patients. Please read on if you have braces, and you would like to know how you are progressing.
In the office of a professional orthodontist, you are supposed to pass through a treatment process of three steps. The process includes spacing of the teeth, correcting the bite and aligning the teeth. They must nto always follow a discernible order, they can be switched or an overlap can be created between them.
During the initial phase, crowding is usually corrected by the removal of the teeth. It is not possible to correct teeth when there is no space between them. The orthodontist may choose to expand or to contract depending on a number of variables such as the size of the jaws, the size of the teeth and the size of the gum that is supporting the roots. The main aim of the first step is creating a room for aligning the teeth. In cases where patients have spaces between their teeth during this initial process, the spaces are closed in this step.
One room has been created; the following thing is alignment of the teeth. Alignment or straightening is accomplished by the use of wires, springs and elastic chains or any other gadgets that have the ability to rotate, as well as adjust the teeth into the desired direction. Reposition of individual teeth bracket is another activity that takes place during alignment. In some cases, it is not possible to put brackets in the right spaces because of a bite on the first day. When teeth have been aligned, it becomes easier to place the brackets at better positions.
The third phase of treatment entails correcting of the bite, or making the upper teeth to fit lower ones. The question of when you should get off the braces usually ensues in this phase of the treatment. At this time, the patient has well straightened teeth and he is happy and contented of the treatment. The results of the correction of the patients bite are stable and healthy. If you would like to know whether it’s time to get your braces off, please check for the following;
Have your teeth straightened?
Are there anymore spaces between your teeth?
Do you still have an overbite or under bite?
If there are still spaces between your teeth, or you still have an under bite or overbite, then it means you still have some more time. If you still have questions concerning your smile, feel free to contact King Orthodontics and you will get an explanation of the remaining aspects of your treatment. The orthodontist will ensure that your braces are only removed when you have achieved the best of results. Best of Luck!
King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530
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Samuel B. King, D.D.S., M.S. – King Orthodontics – Specialist in Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Centerville and Fairborn.