933 Three Mile Rd. NW Suite 102 | Grand Rapids, MI 49544 | Phone : 616-784-5993

How Braces Work

Braces can be made with metal, ceramic or plastic.  They are designed to use steady pressure that gently and gradually moves the teeth into the desired position.  The main components of braces are the brackets that are bonded to your teeth and the archwires that are connected to them.  After the archwire is placed into the brackets, it naturally tries to return to its original shape.  As this pressure occurs, the teeth begin to move into a more ideal position.

As today’s technology improves, so does orthodontic treatment.  Braces today are designed to offer more comfortable treatment for the patient, ultimately reducing or even eliminating the soreness that was once associated with braces.

We offer the most advanced, biocompatible braces available today.  The high quality materials used combined with light force techniques not only reduces discomfort, but overall treatment time as well.

Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time for a comprehensive case is from one to two years, and Phase I is less than one year.  Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance.  Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.