The first phase, Arch Development, involves arch development through the use of removable appliances. Far removed from orthodontic methods of old, the arch development process gently shapes the arch to its ideal position to create room for proper teeth realignment. This preliminary orthodontic process can greatly reduce the need for tooth extractions. Depending on the individual needs of the patient, this phase of the orthodontic treatment process takes anywhere from four to six months to complete.
At Apex Dental in Utah, our Orthodontic doctors typically provide orthodontic treatment in two phases.
One of the primary technological advances of the past few decades that have revolutionized orthodontic care involve the wires used to apply pressure on the teeth for realignment. Wires used during orthodontic work are now made of a material called nickel titanium. Instead of the older stainless steel wires, nickel titanium applies a low, consistent pressure which is spread throughout the mouth. Not only does this material eliminate extreme forces on the teeth common with older orthodontic methods, but it also enables far quicker and more efficient teeth realignment.
Orthodontic brackets, which connect with the wire and are used to realign each individual tooth, have undergone a number of changes that enable quicker and less painful tooth realignment. One of these advances is a new type of bracket called passive self-ligating braces, which drastically reduces friction and pressure on the teeth by allowing the arch wire to move freely between each tooth. As with nickel titanium arch wires, passive self-ligating braces allows for more evenly spread forces, eliminating uncomfortable pressure on any single part of the arch and increasing the speed in which the teeth can be realigned.
Call our ortho office in Sandy or Clearfield today to schedule your orthodontic evaluation and begin the process toward achieving the smile of your dreams!