What Are My Different Orthodontic Treatment Options and How Do I Decide?
BRACES FOR ALL AGES
Your smile is one of the first things people see and if you aren't sure about this, then you might not be smiling as much as you want to be. Orthodontics will help align your teeth while also improving your oral health. Ideally, an orthodontic treatment is used when a patient is younger since their teeth are still forming and it is faster to correct their bite. However, more adult patients in Wake Forest, NC are getting braces if they did not get them when they were young or if they didn't use their retainers. Thankfully, there are more choices now in orthodontics, like aligners that are clear and removable so many of your friends won't know you have them. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, our staff provides a number of modern orthodontic options that will help you or your child get a straighter, healthier smile. If we don't offer the option you would like, we will recommend a great orthodontist in Wake Forest, NC.
BENEFITS OF STRAIGHTER TEETH
Overlapping or crooked teeth don't just damage your appearance, they could also harm your oral health. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush properly, which may lead to issues like cavities, chronic bad breath, and periodontal disease. Whenever your teeth and jaw aren't correctly aligned, it can cause pain in you temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Significant misalignment may also cause speech problems. These are the reasons why straightening your teeth isn't only about enhancing your appearance, but also your oral health. To determine if you or your child need an orthodontic treatment, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or dentist in Wake Forest, NC.
TYPES OF BRACES
In your consultation, your orthodontist or dentist may use x-rays along with other tools to assess your bite. They'll decide which malocclusion you have (overbite, under bite, crossbite, or open bite) and the severity. From that point, they will discuss treatment choices and prices that will help you choose which is ideal for you. Once you have chosen a treatment, they will personalize your treatment program and estimate how long you'll need to have orthodontics. Following your first appointment to get your braces on or to receive your aligners, you'll have to come back every 4 – 6 weeks or as directed to get adjustments and progress checks.
- CERAMIC BRACES
Braces with ceramic brackets typically cost more compared to conventional braces, but they blend in with teeth so they are less visible. Although they are made out of a durable ceramic substance, they're more delicate than traditional braces so patients will need to be careful about stains from dark-colored food and beverages, like coffee and berries.
- REMOVABLE ALIGNERS
Among the most well-known options for adults, aligners may be taken off to eat and clean your teeth. The most discreet of all orthodontic options, a series of clear aligners are custom made to gradually move your teeth into position. A pair of aligners is usually used for 2 – 3 weeks, then you switch to another pair.
- SELF-LIGATING BRACES
Sometimes called damon braces, self-ligating braces are similar to conventional metal braces; however, the brackets do not need elastic bands. Self-ligating braces have a sliding mechanism to keep the wire in the brackets instead of elastic bands, which can break easily.
- TRADITIONAL, METAL BRACES
The most familiar and generally inexpensive way to straighten your smile is using conventional braces. A metal bracket is applied to every tooth with an arch wire connecting them to pull the teeth into alignment. Kids (and adults when they want) can choose from an assortment of elastic bands to give their braces a fun color.
- LINGUAL BRACES
Lingual braces are all custom-made to fit on the tongue-side of your teeth. Lingual braces are more expensive than ceramic or metal braces and tend to be somewhat more complex to put on so an experienced orthodontist is recommended. They may be annoying to your tongue and create some difficulty with speaking as you're getting used to your braces.
LIFE AFTER BRACES
Regardless of what treatment you choose, you will be thrilled with your results once your treatment is finished. Even though the main portion of your therapy is finished, there's still more to do. To hold your teeth in position while your jaw and gums adjust, you'll need to use a retainer. At first, you'll have to use your retainer as often as you can, taking it out just to brush your teeth and eat. As time passes, your orthodontist or dentist may move you to just wearing it at night. It's crucial that you use your retainer as long as you're advised to prevent future issues. Many adults who have braces are wearing them again since they didn't take their retainer seriously. In case you or your child has difficulty wearing your retainer, ask about a fixed retainer. A small wire adhered to the rear of the top and/or bottom teeth, a fixed retainer can't be lost or removed.
As well as using your retainer, you need to keep your teeth healthy and bright with routine appointments at your Wake Forest, NC dentist for dental examinations and professional cleanings. If you want to help your smile look better following orthodontics, then DentalWorks - Wake Forest performs several cosmetic procedures, including home or laser teeth whitening. Schedule an appointment at our practice in Wake Forest, NC to learn more about your cosmetic dentistry choices.
GET A STRAIGHTER SMILE
When you'd like a straighter, healthier smile for yourself or your child, schedule an appointment at our practice in Wake Forest, NC. Our experienced team provides a number of modern orthodontic treatments to fit your needs, goals, and budget. Braces or aligners will help patients of all ages improve their confidence in their smile.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.