FAQs About Braces

Braces look and feel better than ever before. Today’s braces are small, smooth and less noticeable. Braces offer the most efficient and controlled way to move teeth. A flexible wire is inserted into the braces. This generates a gentle, constant force which will move the teeth into the proper position over time.

What are the different types of braces?

Braces are made of metal, plastic or ceramic materials. Dr. Magnuson will introduce you to all the options and share the pros and cons of each style with you.


Self-ligating Braces

Case 5, AfterDr. Magnuson uses Self-ligating braces. Self-ligation is a leading trend in orthodontics and Dr. Magnuson is one of the most experienced practitioners using this technology. These braces have been engineered to improve the mechanics of tooth movement. They do not require the use of elastics to hold the wire against the brace. Lighter forces can be used to move teeth. They are more efficient – requiring fewer appointments and offering greater control than traditional braces.

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Cosmetic or Clear Braces

Cosmetic or Clear Braces, made of ceramic or plastic materials, are very appealing to adult patients. The appearance and strength of Clear Braces have improved in recent years. Cosmetic braces blend with tooth enamel and resist staining. Self-ligating cosmetic braces offer a very clean, aesthetic look that will give you the confidence to smile all the way through treatment.

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What happens when the braces are applied?

This is really an easy appointment. No pain involved!

  • The teeth are thoroughly polished, dried and prepared for the application of braces or brackets.
  • The braces are applied to the front of the tooth surfaces with a light-cured adhesive.
  • A very gentle wire is inserted into the braces. This wire will immediately begin the process of moving your teeth. We use high-tech memory wire to move your teeth with minimal discomfort.
  • You will be scheduled to return in 8-10 weeks to have a new wire inserted into your braces.
  • You will continue to return every few months until your new smile is complete!

How long will treatment take?

Most patients will complete treatment within 12-24 months. The length of treatment could be shorter if only partial treatment is required. More severe bite problems could warrant a longer treatment time. Dr. Magnuson will provide you with an estimated treatment time at your first appointment. Your cooperation with home care and regular appointments will have an impact on your treatment time. During treatment, most of your appointments will be about 8-10 weeks apart. Technology has reduced the number of required visits considerably.