Braces for Children, Teenagers and Adults
as well as Adult Surgical Orthodontics
Since every patient's teeth and jaws is different, a personalized treatment plan is
developed for each patient. Depending upon the orthodontist's findings and your
goals, you may be able to choose among different options. Your treatment plan may
include one or more of the following:
Braces are the most common form of treatment. They are bonded (fixed) onto the teeth where they
apply pressure. This pressure can be adjusted accurately and move the teeth into their ideal positions.
A) Metal Appliances are most common. They're durable and allow the archwires to fit securely on the
teeth. These brackets are easier to maintain and are less likely to need replacement. Therefore,
treatment progresses smoothly and appointments with your orthodontist are shorter.
B) Ceramic Appliances Blend in with the color of your teeth, which makes them less noticeable than
metal. However, ceramic braces may move the teeth more slowly. This means treatment could take
longer. Also, even though the bracket doesn't stain, the ligature or elastic may.
can be taken out of the mouth. Although the appliance also puts pressure on the teeth, it can't always
move the teeth as accurately as braces. This treatment may be an option if you don't want braces, or if
your teeth only need to be moved slightly.
A) Wire Appliances use wires to put pressure on teeth. The wires are attached to a piece of plastic
that's molded to fit your mouth. This comes in various colors to blend in with your mouth.
B) "Invisible Appliances" are made of clear plastic that fit over the teeth. The plastic puts pressure on
3. Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery. If braces alone aren't enough to fix your bite
problem, surgery may be needed. This can be done to change the shape or position of the jaw. It can
also correct problems with the way the jaw brings the upper and lower teeth together.
A) Problems That Orthodontics and Surgery Best Correct
There are many types of jaw development and alignment problems. Some are inherited, some are
growth problems, and some are caused by an accident or other trauma.
B) Orthodontics Come First
Most orthodontic patients undergo an initial period of orthodontic treatment to align the teeth so they
will fit properly after surgery is performed. Your orthodontist and oral surgeon will schedule surgery
after the teeth have been properly aligned.
Usually braces, or other orthodontic devices used to align teeth before surgery are left in place during
the surgical procedure to help stabilize the teeth and jaws. After surgery there is usually an additional
period of orthodontic treatment to bring teeth into their final, desired positions, complementing the
new facial symmetry.
C) The Rewards of Treatment
While the prospect of undergoing surgery as part of your overall treatment plan may seem daunting, it
really is not uncommon. The rewards for such treatment can be very dramatic. Following completion of
orthodontic treatment and surgery, you'll enjoy better dental health and have a better facial
appearance. Best of all, you'll have a more beautiful smile that reflects a healthier, happier you for the
rest of your life.
|PAUL M.COTTONE, DDS, M.S.
2715 Breezewood Avenue, Suite C
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: (910) 485-5193