Orthodontic treatment works by using light, continuous forces applied to the teeth over time. The forces can be applied using a number of different appliances such as traditional fixed braces with archwires, Clarity™ ceramic braces, Invisalign® removable aligners, or removable retainers. Dr. Mullins and our team use modern processes and proven technology to provide our patients with the most comfortable and efficient treatment in order to achieve incredible, long-lasting results.
We believe patients should enjoy every step in the orthodontic process, starting with their first contact with our Bristol or Johnson City, TN orthodontic office. We have therefore created a practice where the emphasis is on providing our patients with comfort and convenience throughout the process. Unlike many orthodontic practices, Dr. Mullins sees patients at each of their visits so that he can closely monitor their progress and immediately make adjustments as needed. We are always available and happy to answer any questions.
Are braces right for you?
At any age, your general dentist will know if there are any orthodontic problems present that warrant treatment. They will refer you to an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Mullins for a consultation so that the problems can be evaluated and a plan can be implemented.
For younger patients, the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children have an orthodontic evaluation at age seven. An orthodontic specialist can then determine if there are any problems that exist that warrant early or interceptive treatment.
Generally speaking, if you have any of the following problems, an orthodontic evaluation should be considered:
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
Length of Treatment
Orthodontic treatment time varies greatly among patients and is primarily determined by the severity of the patient's initial problems. Other factors such as patient compliance, appliance breakage, missed appointments, abnormal growth, or delayed tooth eruption can also be major factors in the overall treatment time.