Orthodontic care goes back thousands of years. Archeologists have found evidence that ancient Egyptians had ideas about improving their smiles. Metal bands have been found on the teeth of mummies, and the Etruscans sometimes had gold bands placed on their teeth to keep them in place.
An ancient Roman even wrote about people pushing their teeth into straighter positions using their fingers.
In the 18th century, dentistry took a big step forward with the invention of the bandeau, a horseshoe shaped device, in France.
Today, we use more sophisticated techniques to plan your orthodontic treatment at the dentist office of Ghina Morad, DMD, in San Carlos, CA.
One of the ways we have improved our treatment for our patients is through facial harmony orthodontics. Instead of just focusing on misalignment problems with your teeth, we also consider the muscles and bones as well.
We can do this by taking digital images of your head to create a model of what your teeth and the supporting structures look like. Once we have this information, we use it to change the position of your teeth and to improve the way your entire mouth functions.
We have found that this is quite effective with younger patients, particularly those who are still growing. Nevertheless, this treatment also works for our adult orthodontic patients as well.
Once we understand your situation, we will develop a plan to give you a smile that you want to see in the mirror.
Braces have come a long way since the crude bands used by ancient civilizations and the horseshoe-like bandeau. Today, we use a system of interconnected brackets and wires to push and pull your teeth into new positions.
But we have some huge advantages over those who practiced the dental arts hundreds of years ago.
We don’t just attach brackets to your teeth, run a wire through them, and hope for the best.
We use computer models to design a customized plan for every patient who receives orthodontic treatment at our office. To assist in this effort, we have 17 shapes of wire and a variety of brackets to choose from.
These options allow us to more precisely create a plan that will give you the best possible results for your smile. On average, patients will need to wear braces for about two years to complete their treatment.
Patients who want to complete their treatment faster can do so with short-term orthodontics. This is possible through the use of our advanced brackets and wires.
Traditional braces work by moving your teeth in two stages. First, the braces move your crowns. Then, the braces move the roots of your teeth.
Our short-term braces are able to move your crowns and roots at the same time. As a result of this, some patients are able to complete their treatments in as little as six months.
Plastic Makes It Possible
For patients with mild or moderate misalignment problems, we may recommend plastic instead. We offer both Invisalign and ClearCorrect at our office.
Both of these systems use clear, plastic aligners instead of wires and brackets. The aligners are able to push your teeth gradually and gently into a new, straight position.
You will receive a series of aligners as part of this treatment. Every few weeks (the time will vary depending on the system and on your progress), you will change your aligner for a new one. You will continue doing this until your treatment is complete.
In most cases, patients who are able to use clear aligners can finish their treatment in about one year, as long as the use the aligners as instructed.
You will need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. This also means you can take them out for up to two hours per day which makes eating meals and at brushing and flossing your teeth much easier.
Concluding Your Treatment
You may need to wear a retainer for a short time after you finish your treatment. This is to reduce the risk of your teeth drifting back toward their original position.Think of your retainer as the victory lap to celebrate your new smile.
Think of your retainer as the victory lap to celebrate your new smile.
No matter which orthodontic treatment you receive, it should end the same way. You should be smiling because you are happy, and you should be happy about your new smile.
Time To Get Straight
If you are ready to fix the flaws in your smile, contact Ghina Morad, DMD. Find out for yourself why patients come from all around the San Carlos, CA, area to get treatment at our dentist office.