Braces & Orthodontic Appliances in Billings
Braces are not what they used to be. Once very rigid and noticeable in
the mouth, modern braces are built with arch wires that utilize body heat
to help teeth move and minimize discomfort. There are also many removable
braces molds like Invisalign that can be taken out at night. These braces
are made of clear plastic or ceramic, making them the more discrete alternative
to traditional wire frames.
At Brewer Dental Center, we offer both traditional and removable braces
to patients in Billings. If you or your child has crooked teeth or issues
with bite, we can help you find the most effective orthodontic treatment.
The Five Steps to Braces
Once an orthodontist has confirmed that you or a loved one need braces,
you can expect treatment five step process:
Creating records – It’s important to document every orthodontic treatment a patient
receives. These records usually include x-rays and documentation of the
patient’s condition before treatment begins. These records allow
us to track your progress and ensures you get the results you want.
Bonding – In terms of actual dental work, this is the most time-consuming process,
lasting about 90 minutes. This is the procedure where the braces will
be bonded to the teeth. First, the brackets will be secured to the teeth,
then the arch wires and elastics are placed, which help guide the teeth
into the corrected position. Our team will then provide detailed instructions
on how to clean and maintain your new braces.
Adjustment – Most patients with braces need to follow up with their orthodontist every
four to six weeks. These are normally quick, easy visits that provide
us with a chance to assess your condition and ensure the treatment is
working. We may need to adjust the tension in the arch wires from time to time.
Debonding – This is your final day living with braces! After we have removed the arches,
elastic, and arch wires, and cleaned your teeth, you will finally be able
to see your beautiful new smile. We will also use this appointment to
take impressions for your retainers, which should be ready in two weeks.
Retainers – Yes, you will need another orthodontic appliance even after your braces
are removed, but retainers are far less invasive and noticeable. Retainers
can either be permanently installed to the back of the teeth or be taken
in and out as needed through a removable unit custom made for your teeth.
Retainers are necessary to ensure your teeth do not shift back to the
Do You Need Braces?
At Brewer Dental Center, we offer orthodontic consultations at no charge.
We can help you decide if braces are necessary for fixing your bite and
preventing oral health problems down the road. Don’t worry about
insurance—if your policy doesn’t cover you, we can offer you
interest-free financing options.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment.