Orthodontic treatment works by gradually moving teeth into better alignment. Our orthodontist determines the appropriate positioning for each individual tooth, then uses various orthodontic devices to enlarge the mouth, move the teeth, or both.
Most Common Orthodontic Treatments and How They Work
The most familiar orthodontic treatment is traditional braces. However, our orthodontist might also use other techniques during the course of your treatment. The most common treatments include:
- Traditional braces
- Lingual braces
- Aligner trays
- Palate widening
Braces and aligner trays all work by gradually moving the teeth into proper alignment. Traditional braces do this using metal braces, which are cemented to the front surfaces of the teeth, and rubber bands that use tension to move the teeth. Lingual braces work the same way, but the metal braces are cemented to the back surfaces of the teeth.
Aligner trays are clear plastic trays that are carefully custom-made to move your teeth. Each tray is slightly different, pushing the teeth into place over a period of time. Palate widening, rather than moving teeth, uses a special appliance to enlarge the palate, which makes room for crowded teeth to shift into position or for permanent teeth to emerge in the proper place. Our orthodontist will determine the appropriate treatment for your individual situation.
How Important is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is sometimes thought of as purely cosmetic, but in reality, proper alignment is very important to the health of your teeth. If your teeth are not properly aligned, the long-term effects can be detrimental. Misalignment can cause a number of problems, including:
- Abnormal wear that damages the teeth
- Tooth grinding and clenching
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Eventual tooth loss
If your teeth are not properly aligned, our orthodontist can determine what needs to be done to correct your alignment and your bite. This will ensure that your teeth fit together properly. After orthodontic treatment, you will not only have straight teeth and a perfect smile, but your teeth will be more likely to last you a lifetime.
Call McKinney Orthodontics and set up a consultation with one of our skilled orthodontists.