At Freeman Orthodontic Specialists, our number one priority is exceeding patient expectations. We believe in empowering our patients to play an active role in their treatment as well. The old paradigm in healthcare was that the doctor was the expert and they had final authority. In modern orthodontics, there are many ways to treat an individual case, and the choice of treatment depends on the patient’s desires. We believe we are treating individuals who want a beautiful smile and they should have the final say in how they are treated. It is our duty to educate patients of their options, the risks and benefits, and let them make the final choice.
Length of Treatment
Regardless of the type of bracket you choose, total treatment time will depend on several factors including age, initial bite, initial crowding/spacing, the goals of treatment, and compliance. Most orthodontic treatment will last at least a month but less than three years. At your complimentary consultation, one of our expert doctors will provide you with an estimate of your individual treatment time.
With the advances in dental biomaterials, orthodontic adjustments do not need to take place every month. In the past, most orthodontic wires were made from stainless steel, which needed to have bends placed every few weeks. The newer wires have shape memory and will continue to apply a light force to teeth for a much longer time. In the beginning of treatment, visits to our Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, or Pompano Beach, FL offices are every ten to 12 weeks. Closer to the end of treatment, adjustments may be closer to eight-week intervals.
If you choose Invisalign®, the average appointment interval is every 12 weeks, or just four times per year!
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Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces have been in use for more than 100 years and can be an effective way to straighten teeth. Metal braces are typically what people think of when they hear the word “braces.” With recent advances in aesthetic treatment options, we do not see any need for patients to have metal braces unless they specifically request metal.
Self-ligating braces use a sliding door to hold the wire in place within the bracket. Traditional braces use a small rubber elastic to hold the wire in place within the bracket. Self-ligating brackets and traditional brackets will produce extremely similar outcomes and treatment times. The choice of self-ligating brackets vs. traditional brackets is more a preference of the orthodontist than anything else.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
At Freeman Orthodontic Specialists, we are proud to be one of the only orthodontists in South Florida to offer clear braces to all of our patients at no extra charge. Clear brackets are a phenomenal alternative to traditional braces. They work in the same way as traditional braces but are much less visible. At Freeman Orthodontic Specialists, approximately half of our patients are adults and we found they were much more comfortable with an aesthetic option. There is no need to have large metal brackets on every tooth.
Ceramic brackets are an ideal choice for patients of all ages! When we started treating more and more patients with clear braces, we found that our younger patients really liked the clear also. Our younger patients have found that when they put the “colors” on their braces, they stand out even more with the clear braces than with the metal.
Clear aligners are the most aesthetic way to straighten your teeth. They are ideal for patients who want a beautiful smile but are not thrilled to have braces on their teeth. Aligners can be removed for special occasions and no one will even know you are in the process of orthodontic treatment.
At Freeman Orthodontic Specialists, there are no more gooey, gagging, messy impressions. Instead, our patients are “scanned” with a 3D intraoral scanner, which will capture images of all of the teeth in three dimensions. This scan is sent to Invisalign, where the aligners are fabricated. You will wear the aligners for one to two weeks each and then switch to a new aligner. Each aligner will move teeth slightly as you approach completely straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
When choosing an orthodontist to treat you with aligners, experience is extremely important. Choosing an Elite Premiere Provider like Drs. Freeman, Sheinis, and McCaffrey will ensure that your orthodontist is experienced and will help you achieve a wonderful outcome.