The word ‘orthodontics' basically means to ‘straighten teeth', but it is much more complex than that, because there must also be harmony between a beautiful smile and a healthy bite.

Braces Today, and How They Work

There have been many changes in orthodontics and nowadays, braces can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be self-ligating brackets bonded to the teeth.

Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. They can be clear or metallic, and you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in place. The newer self-ligating bonded brackets have less friction than the older braces, therefore they generally move your teeth faster. This is a great time to wear braces!

How Long Do I Have To Wear Braces?

In some cases, early treatment (also called interceptive treatment) is needed, and this may take as few as six months. Normally, treatment time typically ranges from one year to three years. The length of time depends on many factors: the rate of growth of the patient's mouth and face, the severity of the problem, and whether the patient has stopped growing. It also depends on whether the patient follows instructions diligently, and attends appointments as prescribed. An estimated treatment time is given in each individual case, but sometimes this is adjusted due to the number of varying factors that cannot be predicted.

If you're interested in learning about braces and the different options available, please feel free to contact Vancouver orthodontist Dr. Bianco.

What some of our clients have to say

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"Carly's smile has never been brighter! Her teeth turned out perfect! Thanks for all your support along the way, we're so glad we had the work done at your office. Your friendly and professional staff made each visit go smoothly."

- Brenda P.

"We've been seeing Dr. B for approx. 1 ½ years and have been very pleased with the results. Dr. B is very good at his profession and his staff has always been skilled and sympathetic towards our boys' feelings."

- Jeff R.

"I had a great experience! I got to pick different colored elastic bands to help tighten my teeth – there were a lot of colors! There were a variety of flavours to choose from when I had to do molds for my teeth. The staff were really nice and flexible. They gave me appointment times that fitted nicely into my busy schedule."

- Hannah W.