How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

At Timock Family Orthodontics, you can count on our knowledgeable and friendly team to provide comprehensive and effective treatment when you come in to realign your teeth. If you are considering braces or are in the middle of your smile journey, it’s never too late to learn how braces straighten teeth exactly. Our team is passionate about educating our patients on their treatment and how we accomplish your smile goals. Learn more about how braces align your smile, what issues they treat, your appliance options, and more!

The Process of Alignment

Using the long wire that stretches across your upper and lower teeth, known as the archwire, braces place constant measured pressure on your teeth and gums over a long period of time to gradually move them into perfect alignment. This gradual movement allows your bone structure to be carefully reshaped as your teeth settle into new positions. Your teeth move every day, but braces are used to control the path they take and end in an aesthetically pleasing result.

Adjustments Throughout Treatment

Timock Family Orthodontics stays up-to-date with the latest technology in the field, using programs to predict how your teeth will move throughout treatment. As they shift, Dr. Timock and our team will better understand how they react to the braces you wear and how we can provide more effective treatment. During follow-up appointments, we will adjust and tighten your archwire as necessary to ensure everything continues moving in the right direction. 

What Issues Do Braces Treat?

Braces can treat numerous orthodontic complications, including but not limited to bite issues, jaw pain, impacted teeth, crowding, spacing, and malocclusion. Everyone experiences misalignment in some capacity, but depending on its severity, it can prevent your teeth from functioning as effectively as possible and cause further issues if left untreated. 

You can count on braces to provide comprehensive care to improve your dental health and support the longevity of your permanent teeth.

How Long Will Treatment Last?

Treatment length is different for each patient considering the following factors: your case’s intricacies, your current oral health, and the orthodontic appliance you wear. The average treatment time is between one to three years. Some patients may go a little over or under the typical care time, depending on the complexity of your plan. 

Dr. Timock will work with you to determine which path best suits your case and specific needs. The time and energy you put into improving your teeth will pay off when you see the final results!

How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

Treatment Options

LightForce Clear Braces

LightForce clear braces are the future of teeth straightening. This appliance uses tooth-colored brackets and wires that blend with your smile so you can continue smiling confidently throughout treatment. They use 3D printing to provide you with brackets and wires specific to you that comfortably fit your teeth and provide incredibly efficient treatment. 

Metal Braces

You can never go wrong with modern metal braces. Metal braces have been used to treat countless patients and continue to advance each year. They are no longer the bulky appliances some adult patients may have known them to be, but rather, they use thin wires and sleek brackets, helping to create a smooth transition into wear. Metal braces are known for their strength and reliability in resolving orthodontic issues.

Lingual Braces

Another cosmetic alternative is lingual braces. Lingual braces are placed on the inner surface of your teeth and work the same way as metal braces. They comprise of custom wires and brackets crafted at a dental laboratory based on the 3D models we capture of your teeth. This appliance is known for being very comfortable and easy to adjust to, as it is made with your specific plan in mind.

Average Cost of Treatment

Each of our braces options provides results you can trust to last you a lifetime. Average appliance costs consider how long you will need them, your current oral health, and the complexity of your case.

LightForce Clear Braces: $4,000 to $8,000 without insurance

Metal Braces: $3,000 and $7,000 without insurance.

Lingual Braces: $4,000 to $10,000 without insurance 

If you are using dental insurance to pay for your orthodontic treatment, our team can provide more details on what plans we accept and how we file your claim for you. Dr. Timock and our team strive to keep our high-quality care an option for everyone in our community by walking you through a total breakdown of the expenses during your free consultation so no surprises await you later.

The Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth

Orthodontics helps to provide a solid foundation for your oral health and avoid more complicated procedures in the future. Realigning your teeth is the first step in helping you achieve the beautiful new smile you deserve. We love seeing patients leave our office at the end of treatment, feeling more confident than ever and with a huge grin on their face. Our team strives to help you feel great not only after removing your appliance but throughout care as well.

A perfect smile also makes caring for your oral health much more manageable. Once treatment is complete, your teeth will likely no longer have any hard-to-reach areas in your mouth, making brushing and flossing much more straightforward. Keeping up with your daily care lowers your chances of dealing with common dental complications like plaque buildup, tooth decay, and bacteria.

How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

Take the First Step Toward Perfect Alignment

Timock Family Orthodontics has practices in Fort Collins and Windsor and is proud to serve the surrounding communities with our expert services. If you have any questions about how braces work or what our team can do to help you achieve your smile goals, feel free to contact our offices. Our friendly front desk staff will ensure you get the answers you need. Schedule your free consultation with us today to get started on treatment!