A straight, healthy looking smile affords you many benefits: it improves your overall appearance, increases your self-esteem and greatly reduces your risk of future tooth decay. Unfortunately, due to genetics and other factors, not everyone has naturally straight teeth. If you are embarrassed by your not-so-perfect teeth, our practice can provide you with orthodontic treatments to help you achieve an attractively aligned smile that will eliminate the discomfort caused by an uneven bite and help you navigate the social and business worlds with restored confidence.
A misaligned bite not only affects the aesthetics of a person’s smile, but may also be the cause of problems like tooth decay (as crooked teeth are harder to clean thoroughly), gum (periodontal) disease, TMJ syndrome and even neck and shoulder pain. Our team of dental professionals offers orthodontic treatments that correct these issues, as well as prevent them from occurring in the future, by straightening the teeth. This is most often accomplished through the use of fixed or removable dental appliances, such as braces and teeth aligners, which are worn over time (anywhere from several months to a few years, depending on the treatment) to gradually shift the teeth into an aligned position.
We offer orthodontic treatments to correct these common dental issues for our child and adult patients:
Traditional metal braces are a network of metal wires and brackets that are fixed in the mouth and appropriately tightened so that they gradually shift your teeth into their proper position. Metal braces can be worn anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the degree of teeth straightening you require.
Similar in construction to metal braces, ceramic braces use the same design and tension to bring about teeth alignment, but use clear (or tooth-colored) ceramic brackets for a more discreet, natural appearance. Ceramic braces, like metal braces, can be worn anywhere from months to a few years to achieve proper teeth alignment.
Metal braces that are designed for placement on the inside of your teeth, making them unnoticeable when you smile. Lingual braces work in the same way as other types of braces, as they put continuous, gentle tension on your teeth so that they move into proper alignment; however, lingual braces accomplish this from the backside of the teeth rather than the front. Lingual braces typically need to be worn anywhere from 18 to 36 months to achieve the proper alignment.
Removable teeth alignment trays with a transparent design that makes them virtually invisible. Many patients prefer clear aligners to metal braces and other, more noticeable, orthodontic treatments as they straighten teeth while not affecting the aesthetics of their smile. Clear aligners — including Invisalign, ClearCorrect and other types of “clear braces”— have the added benefit of being removable so that you can eat, clean the aligners and brush and floss with ease. They also have the advantage of requiring a shorter treatment period, since it typically takes 12 months or less to achieve a straight smile. Over the course of treatment, the aligners are gradually adjusted to reposition the teeth and correct orthodontic imbalance. The number of aligner adjustments varies from case to case, though it’s not uncommon to require 10 different sets of aligners during treatment.
Recovery from an orthodontic treatment largely depends on the type of treatment a patient has undergone; for example, there is no downtime or recovery period after clear aligners are placed. However, for the placement of fixed dental appliances like metal or lingual braces, there will be a certain amount of tension as you adjust to your new braces. The tightness of the braces may also cause soreness for the first few days; you can use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage this discomfort. Our office will provide you with a more complete list of instructions — including types of food to avoid and when to schedule your follow-up appointments to have your braces tightened — before your treatment.
Are you ready to have the radiant, healthy-looking smile that straight teeth create? Find out about the orthodontic treatment options we offer when you schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors. Contact us today!