The goal of any orthodontic procedure is to align the teeth to insure proper function and proper esthetics. Please browse through our orthodontics gallery to see the types of treatment that can be achieved as a result of orthodontic treatment.
The average treatment time for orthodontics is between eighteen to twenty-four months. However, the length of treatment will depend on the severity of the pre-existing condition, the type of treatment (removable appliances usually takes longer than fixed appliances) and the cooperation of the patient.
At the completion of the active part of orthodontic treatment, the braces are removed and retainers are made to keep the teeth stable in their new position. These appliances may be removable retainers or fixed wires that are placed behind the teeth. Retainers play an important role in orthodontic treatment since the teeth like to rotate and move toward their original position.
Orthodontic Gallery Case 1
This case involved the front top teeth overlapping the front lower teeth too much, which caused the front lip to protrude. This is evident in the top photo since you can barely see the lower teeth. In the lower photo, you can see how the angulation of the front teeth is too excessive.
After about 18 months of treatment, the top teeth have been moved back and up. In the top photo, you can now see much more of the bottom teeth and the alignment of the teeth looks very good. In the bottom photo, you can see that the angulation issue has been resolved. The result was a confident and happy patient.
Orthodontic Gallery Case 2
There are several issues occurring with this case. The front four top teeth are in a crossbite, meaning they appear behind the front four bottom teeth. The other issue is the position of the cuspid, or canine tooth (the tooth sticking out), does not serve any purpose in its current position.
Through the use of fixed appliances and 24 months of braces, all the issues were corrected. The front four top teeth now appear in front of the front four bottom teeth and the cuspid has been brought back into proper alignment and it is now a functional tooth.
Orthodontic Gallery Case 3
There are several issues occurring with this case, too. The cuspid on your right is sticking way out, the tooth next to it is behind the front right tooth and the alignment of the teeth on the bottom is not correct.
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Orthodontic Gallery Case 8
Space was created using a fixed appliance for the tooth, and the alignment is being retained by a removable retainer until the last adult tooth, indicated by the yellow arrow, fully erupts into place.
Orthodontic Gallery Case 9
This is a good example of teeth erupting behind other teeth. The yellow arrows indicate the retained baby cuspid teeth, which will be removed to make room for the lateral teeth, which will be pushed forward.
After 8 months of treatment, the laterals are now in the correct position. They are being retained by a fixed retainer, which will be removed after all the adult teeth have erupted into place. The two teeth with silver fillings are still baby teeth.
Orthodontic Gallery Case 10
The lower teeth on the bottom were slightly out of alignment. This type of treatment can be accomplished with a hidden retainer, meaning a retainer that is fixed to the inside of the teeth. Oral hygiene is very important at all times. The yellow arrows indicated the presence of tartar, and the gum tissue is red and irritated as a result.