For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with Invisalign or braces will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you've always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! Your teeth and bite will also be much healthier for decades to come! We want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be clear glass or metal brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces move teeth to the proper positions.

Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets, clear aligners, and in some cases, the color of your appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster, with fewer appointents, and  with greater comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!

Duration of Treatment

Treatment times vary, and can last between one and three years depending on factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. There are also tissue stimulation techniques that can decrease treatment time by as much as fifty percent, which we think is amazing! Dr. Gibson has extensive experience with treatment acceleration options.

A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, early diagnosis and receiving interceptive or early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time and better outcomes.

Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Gibson will personally discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our San Antonio orthodontic office or  Del Rio orthodontic office to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.