Conventional Braces

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, South Carolina

For everyone from children and younger teens to adults, conventional braces remain the most common method of orthodontic treatment. Our traditional metal braces are comprised of brackets, arch wire, bonding materials, and ligature elastic (“O-Rings”), and require adjustments every four to six weeks.  We also use the more modern “self-ligating brackets” that do not require the elastics and have the advantage of more tooth movement in less time with less visits to the office.

Conventional braces are highly effective at correcting even severe bite problems (malocclusion) through calculated, guided pressure. Our experienced Hilton Head/Bluffton dentist, Dr. Timothy Gross, utilizes the latest orthodontic technology to help ensure the most comfortable braces treatment possible. Dr. Gross is an instructor in the neuromuscular orthodontics program at the prestigious Las Veagas Institute for cosmetic dentistry.

How Conventional Braces Work

The arch wire in conventional braces places constant, but gentle pressure on the brackets attached to your teeth. This amount of force compresses and stretches the periodontal membrane and loosens specific teeth, making them easier to move.

This process must be accomplished slowly, since teeth are loosened only as quickly as bone can grow to support their new position. Because of this, braces treatment can take an average of two years to complete for most patients. However, for children and younger teens whose jawbones are particularly malleable, there is no better way to  straighten teeth.

Retainers After Conventional Braces

Following orthodontic treatment with conventional braces, a retainer will be necessary to prevent relapse. Dr. Gross offers several different retainer options, including removable retainers that can be worn at night, and fixed retainers that are attached to the back of your teeth. Retainers are an important final step to ensure that your bite correction lasts a lifetime.

If you or your child need straighter teeth, please contact Dr. Timothy Gross today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. We serve patients in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and surrounding areas of South Carolina.