Orthodontist located in Montgomery, IL & Sandwich, IL
Are you unhappy with the look of your smile or the way your teeth fit together when you bite down? Braces might be the perfect solution, and are the specialty of C. Neil Kay, BDS, MS, of Kay Orthodontics in Montgomery and Sandwich, Illinois, and serving the nearby areas of Aurora, Oswego, and Yorkville. Learn more about what braces can do for you during a personalized consultation, which you can request online or over the phone today.
What are braces?
Braces are a system of brackets and wires that work to slowly move your teeth into optimal alignment. There are many different types of braces to choose from, all with a distinct set of pros and cons.
The primary goal of braces is to improve the alignment of your teeth. Proper alignment not only makes your smile more attractive, it also improves your bite, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and to consume a wide range of healthy foods.
Are there different types of braces?
In decades past, all braces were basically the same, and used a system of metal brackets connected by a metal wire. Improvements in dental technology have vastly expanded the types of braces available, and there is now a great fit for virtually every set of needs.
Traditional metal braces remain a popular option, but modern versions are far more comfortable to wear. Not only are the brackets smaller and more streamlined, innovative wire connection options make today’s metal braces more effective.
Kay Orthodontics is a proud provider of Damon SystemⓇ braces. This system uses clear brackets that are self-ligating, meaning they don’t require elastic bands to hold them in place and a clear finish allows your natural tooth tissue to show through.
You can also choose ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored brackets. Lingual braces are another option, and are virtually invisible because they attach to the back sides of your teeth.
One of the most popular orthodontic tools are clear plastic aligners, like InvisalignⓇ and the Spark™ system. This approach can deliver many of the same outcomes as traditional braces without the need to adhere brackets to the surface of the teeth.
How long do I have to wear braces?
Every individual has a distinct set of orthodontic needs, so there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the length of your treatments. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist can estimate how long you’ll wear braces based on the treatment options you prefer. In general, most standard treatment timelines will last around 22 months.
It’s important to note that the best way to reduce the length of time you’ll wear braces is to comply with all instructions. Your actions play a big role in your outcome, including keeping your teeth clean to reduce the risk of decay, coming in for all appointments, and following treatment advice.
If you’d like more information about what braces can do for your or your child’s smile call the Kay Orthodontics office closest to you today to set up a visit, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.