Comprehensive Treatment – Braces or Invisalign
Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is usually done when most of the permanent teeth have erupted. As mentioned above, early correction of a skeletal problem can dramatically shorten the length of time that braces or Invisalign are worn.
Length of Treatment
Length of orthodontic treatment depends on several factors including severity of problem, level of the patient cooperation, habits such as tongue thrust affecting the dentofacial structure, coordination of other needed specialties, and growth.
Adult orthodontic treatment can dramatically improve the appearance and function of your teeth. Crooked teeth and a poor bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, abnormal wear of tooth enamel, fractured or lost teeth, headaches and jaw/temporomandibular joint pain.
Often times in order to properly restore adult teeth, place implants, or have proper cosmetic dentistry preformed, orthodontic treatment is a prerequisite. Ideal dentistry often requires proper positioning of the teeth over the bones and proper positioning of the dental arches to one another. Frequently a team approach is needed combining several specialties to properly reconstruct an adult dentition.