Orthodontic Treatment in Wichita, KS
Orthodontic treatment can give you the healthy, beautiful smile you've always wanted. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, orthodontic treatment will improve the way you feel and increase your confidence.
At Wichita Family Dental, we handle both your general dentistry and orthodontic needs in ONE location. No need for two appointments at two different offices - our doctors can give exams and cleanings, place fillings, perform root canals and extractions, AND place and maintain your braces. Your orthodontic consultation is complimentary, including photos, the pano, and the iTero scan.
We want you to feel comfortable throughout your orthodontic experience, so our practice is dedicated to making sure you receive the exceptional care you deserve. We give our patients all the tools they need and we provide educational videos so you are fully informed about your treatment. At Wichita Family Dental, we also use digital impressions which provide instant, accurate imaging without goop, gagging, or discomfort.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Duration of Orthodontic Treatment
Treatment time varies and can last between one and three years. You are often the most important factor in the duration of your treatment. The more committed you are to your orthodontic treatment, the faster and more efficient it will be.
Before beginning your orthodontic treatment, your Wichita Family Dental doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimated timeline. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are more comfortable than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, the brackets on each tooth act as a handle. They move through a straight-wire sequence with each wire straightening the teeth little by little.
Self-ligating braces have metal “doors” that close around the wire. This reduces friction and allows the tooth to move faster. They do not require elastics which means there are fewer adjustments and they are easier to keep clean.
Clear aligners are clear, plastic trays that realign the teeth - tray by tray - until the desired results are achieved. Invisalign aligners are customized to your specific misalignment and are made of invisible, plastic material that is smooth and comfortable. Invisalign aligners are removable, making them a discreet and convenient choice for teeth straightening. For more information about Invisalign, visit our Invisalign and Invisalign Teen pages.
Tips for Successful Orthodontic Treatment
We recommend you brush and floss after every meal, even at school! Be careful to brush around your braces, angling the brush above and below the brackets to clean along the gum line. You should use stiff-end floss to get behind wires.
Please be aware of foods to avoid while undergoing certain orthodontic treatments. Foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy can cause brackets from metal or self-litigating braces to come off and should be avoided.