Whether your teeth are crowded, crooked, spaced out, or you have occlusion issues, there are multiple treatment options available for you.
Orthodontic care is a specialty of dentistry that involves moving your teeth and jaw into proper alignment. Tooth movement can be accomplished with traditional braces or Invisalign.
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for Invisalign, and many patients will need more treatment than braces alone.
Let’s dive into some of the most common orthodontic treatments available for you.
The two major brands of precise aligner therapy are Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
I have personally used both, and we tend to utilize Invisalign as we believe the results are better and the software is more advanced.
The pros of Invisalign are:
2. They are removable
3. They are nearly invisible.
4. Can correct most orthodontic issues.
5. Oral hygiene is easy to maintain.
6. No dietary restrictions because you remove the aligners to eat.
7. Flossing is just like usual.
Although there are many advantages of using precise aligner therapy, not everyone is a great candidate.
Invisalign is the most expensive orthodontic option, and it takes a lot of effort on the patient’s part to obtain excellent results.
If you do not wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day, there is a good chance your results will not be ideal.
Invisalign cannot correct all bite issues, and therefore, braces may benefit you depending on the severity of your bite.
Metal braces are the oldest and most reliable type of orthodontic treatment. They have come a long way since their inception with Dr. Edward Angle.
Braces and rubber bands can correct most malocclusions, and we still believe braces are the gold standard for orthodontic treatment.
The pros of metal or clear braces are:
1. Can treat nearly any bite issue.
2. Can change colors, and many people enjoy using fun colors.
3. Clear brackets are barely noticeable.
4. Braces are bonded to your teeth, and therefore there is less patient work.
5. Metal braces are the most affordable option.
Braces can benefit most patients, but some may not like the appearance of metal or clear braces.
If you have severe jaw issues, you may need braces along with other appliances.
Retainers are given to every patient after their orthodontic treatment. Contrary to popular belief, retainers are not meant to be worn for only a few years.
Retainers are a lifelong commitment and should be worn as long as you want your teeth straight. If you wear your retainers well, your teeth should remain straight no matter how your wisdom teeth erupt.
Some patients may receive “active retainers” if they have a minor movement that is needed. In general, active retainers are not accurate and are rarely done.
Many patients have a small mandible that could benefit from a Forsus or Herbst appliance.
Braces alone cannot correct all jaw issues, and that is why we sometimes use additional appliances to help us with corrective jaw issues.
The forsus appliance or Herbst appliance gently guides the mandible forward. Your jaw then remodels into that new forward position.
There are many benefits of a Forsus or Herbst appliance, including:
1. No need to extract upper teeth.
2. More esthetic facial appearance.
3. It may have a quicker result than using rubber bands alone.
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I, along with many people, had a narrow palate. A narrow palate can be due to growth problems and is easily corrected in younger patients.
Many patients have heard of palatal expanders. They are used along with braces to widen the upper jaw.
You can only widen the upper jaw so much as it needs to properly fit with the lower jaw that cannot be enlarged.
The benefits of an expander are:
1. Improved airway.
2. Creates space; therefore, fewer extractions are needed.
3. Improves facial structure.
Although this is probably the most common appliance there can be some issues. It may be difficult for the parents to expand the appliance every night and an expander is sometimes uncomfortable for the patient.
Most patients and parents quickly get used to the expander appliance. There is a slight learning curve in understanding how to activate the expander and clean it properly.
There are multiple ways to straighten teeth, and you need to find what works best for you.
The easiest way to figure out your ideal treatment is to come in for a complimentary consult.
In your consult, we will determine your best treatment and the finances involved.
Come in for your free consult, and we look forward to hearing from you.