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We all want a straight smile, but after considering the long periods of time required to correct misaligned teeth, it can cause some second thoughts. At My Smile Dentistry, we understand those concerns and have alternative methods ready for you to choose from.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment includes any type of method used to correct the alignment of your teeth, leaving you with an incredible smile. Our goal is to give you the smile of your dreams in a convenient and efficient manner. Whether you need a slight adjustment or have severely crooked teeth, orthodontics can make the positive change you’re looking for.

Types of Orthodontic Treatments

6 Months Braces

Unlike traditional metal braces, 6 Months Braces have plastic brackets that are much less noticeable. A typical treatment will take around six months, which is much faster than most methods. This is due to braces not attempting to straighten your teeth perfectly but merely getting them to a point you can be satisfied with.

Clear Aligners

With clear orthodontic aligners, no one will even notice that you’re receiving orthodontic care! Based on the exact specifications of your smile, you’ll receive a prescribed series of aligners that, throughout treatment, gently and incrementally move your teeth into their correct positions. As you change aligners every couple of weeks, you’ll see your teeth becoming straighter and straighter.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatments?

While orthodontic treatments are cosmetic and are not meant to impact your health directly, they have some other benefits besides a straight smile.

  • Easier chewing
  • Less chance of broken teeth from injury
  • Increased self-confidence

Looking for Orthodontic Treatment in Cooper City, FL?

At My Smile Dentistry, we want you to feel a sense of pride when others see your beautiful smile. Ready to make a change with braces or aligners? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child see the orthodontist?


Most parents wonder when is the best time to have their child evaluated for braces. One common misconception regarding orthodontic treatment is to wait until all of your child's permanent teeth (except the wisdom teeth) are present. However, an orthodontist can identify most problems involving the alignment of the teeth and jaw growth by the time a child is in the first or second grade. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

How long do you have to wear braces?


It is important to keep in mind that aligning the teeth and the jaws does not happen overnight. Whether you are wearing conventional braces, clear aligners, or any other type of appliance, orthodontic movement is a gradual process. Orthodontic tooth movement is based on the use of light and continuous forces to correct your bite in an incremental, predictable, and healthy manner.

The total duration of orthodontic care, not including wearing retainers to maintain the result, depends on several factors. Such things as growth, as well as compliance with care, may influence treatment time. On average comprehensive orthodontic care to correct a malocclusion can take anywhere between 18-36 months. Orthodontic treatment for more limited problems with tooth alignment typically ranges from 6 to 18 months.

How often do you need to be seen after your braces are placed?


Because orthodontic movement takes time, most appointments after the initial placement of appliances are scheduled approximately four to eight weeks apart. This interval gives your teeth time to move at both a steady and healthy pace. However, there may be situations where more frequent visits to evaluate the status of your case, tooth movement, or to have an additional adjustment are required.

Can adults wear braces?


Teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment as an adult can completely transform an imperfect and poorly aligned smile into one that is attractive and functions at its best. However, initiating orthodontic care and achieving a successful outcome relies on the presence of healthy teeth and supporting bone. For these reasons, it is essential for adult patients to address any outstanding dental problems before their appliances are placed and to remain diligent about maintaining their oral health throughout care.