In some cases full braces are not necessary. Sectional braces are indicated when mild correction of teeth and jaw problems exist. Dr. Magoulas looks at all of these parameters during his consult, in which he refers to both an oral exam and dental X-rays. Dr. Magoulas will determine if sectional braces are indicated at the initial visit or consult and recommend the appropriate individualized treatment plan that is best for you.
Orthodontic treatment starts with brackets being placed on individual teeth. Unlike full braces, sectional braces do not require placement of bands on the molars. The brackets used may be metal or clear, the patient has the choice of using either. Over the years technology has improved and clear brackets are just as durable as the metal brackets. The clear brackets (which are made of strong ceramic material) as well as the metal brackets do not stain. Both types are smaller in size, which provides increased patient comfort, improved ease of getting used to and are easier to clean.
Once the brackets are on, special orthodontic wire is placed into slots on the brackets which then starts the movement of teeth. Over time, Dr. Magoulas will change the wire when necessary to achieve continued movement and alignment of teeth. Many patients customize the look of their braces by choosing different color rubber band elastics which are placed on the brackets to help hold the wire in place. Clear rubber bands are also available for those that choose not to have colors. The rubber band elastics are changed at every visit.
Orthodontic visits are usually once a month until Dr. Magoulas achieves optimal alignment of teeth, jaw and bite. Each case is individual and the length of time necessary can vary, however most cases take 6 to 10 months.
When braces are removed, an impression is taken of the newly aligned teeth and a retainer is made for both the upper and lower teeth. Retainer wear is very important and plays a key role in keeping the teeth in the new position. More information on retainer wear and care is available on this website (See Retainer Tips and Retainer Wear tabs on the home page).