Orthodontics is an area of dental practice focused on addressing teeth misalignment. When your teeth are not properly aligned it can be hard to feel confident sharing your smile with the world.
Misalignment, also called malocclusion, also complicates at-home dental hygiene. When teeth are not properly positioned it’s more challenging to fully remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Misaligned teeth are at a higher risk for decay and can also change your facial appearance and speech patterns.
Orthodontics works to create optimal teeth alignment using various methods and systems. Some use appliances bonded directly onto the surface of teeth while others are fully removable.
Orthodontic treatments all share the same goal of slowly shifting teeth into optimal alignment. The methods they use to accomplish this goal may differ, but the process always involves placing gentle pressure on your teeth to improve alignment.
Orthodontic treatment should always be guided by a professional dentist trained in how to use these advanced systems. Braces and tray-based systems change your bone structure, and poorly designed or implemented services can cause serious and lasting harm to your bone health.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Treatment requires careful planning and ongoing assessment. Alterations to your treatment path are common, which is why you’ll need to come in for routine check-ups.
Traditional metal braces are perhaps the most well-known type of orthodontic treatment. There are many different options to choose from. Metal braces work by using a treatment wire that connects to small brackets attached to the surface of your teeth.
Elastics and spacers can also be incorporated into orthodontic care. Lingual braces use brackets attached to the backsides of your teeth and avoid the gleaming metal smiles associated with traditional metal braces.
Tray-based systems like InvisalignⓇ use a series of clear plastic trays to shift teeth into alignment. These systems can address most of the same alignment problems as metal braces, but they’re removable for easier dental hygiene.
Six Month SmilesⓇ is an orthodontic option for adults that delivers impressive results in a short period of time. Clear braces or trays are used to improve alignment.
If you’d like more information on these alignment options, call the office today to set up a visit, or schedule using the easy online booking page.