A beautiful smile with perfectly proportioned, straight bright teeth is a feature that everyone wishes for, but few are fortunate to come by naturally. Orthodontics can benefit people of any age, and with the availability of clear braces, the stigma associated with wearing braces no longer exists.
Having a correct bite and straight teeth affects more than just one’s smile. When teeth are crooked or out of alignment, the patient is faced with a higher likelihood of dental decay, the potential for grinding and clenching teeth, and associated problems such as worn down enamel or broken teeth.
A visit with the orthodontist at around the age of seven will provide a good indicator of what type of correction, if any, will be needed. Teeth straightening is more easily accomplished in a growing child than with an adult that has matured, so early planning can reduce the amount of time needed for teeth straightening.
Pre-teens, teenagers, young adults and patients of all ages are drawn to the treatment that works, but also the process that provides them with the ability to smile with self-confidence. For decades, the predominant method of teeth straightening was through the use of metal brackets and wires.
Thankfully today there are choices that straighten teeth while keeping the aesthetic value front and center throughout treatment.
Clear braces is a method that has been around for a while that involves placing ceramic guides on teeth. A wire is still employed to help re-align teeth, but clear braces appears more like the patient is wearing a retainer rather than full braces.
For an even more transparent method of teeth straightening, there is Invisalign clear, soft plastic aligners. This method allows the patient to straighten their teeth by updating their aligners every two weeks. Over time teeth are gently shifted into correct position.
Invisalign aligners are removable, which makes eating, daily flossing and brushing much easier. In addition, visits to the dentist for a cleaning and exam every six months are performed as thoroughly as possible. Any evidence of decay or plaque build-up is easily remedied.
Clear or metal braces remain on the teeth through treatment. Daily hygiene of brushing and flossing may not be as easy, but the reward of healthy, straight teeth will enhance good oral health while providing a new beautiful smile.
To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, contact our skilled team of orthodontists at 214-547-0001 today.