Orthodontics is often a topic people don’t ask about unless they’re concerned with the way their teeth look…be it that they’re crowded, have wide spaces, or noticeable overlapping bites. However, there’s a lot more to orthodontic treatment than just the way the teeth look. For instance, the way the back teeth bite together will affect long term function of the TMJ, as well as whether or not premature wear can occur. Misaligned teeth are also more likely to suffer from gum disease, bone loss, and tooth decay. By straightening the teeth and positioning them into the correct location, teeth can function better for much longer, and are easier to keep free of disease.
Traditional orthodontics utilizes metal brackets or wires, and can be used on any patient regardless of how complex their treatment needs are. Minor misalignment to severe crowding needs can be effectively treated using this method of braces. Typically visits are needed every 4-6 weeks to make adjustments and progress the rate of care. Depending on the severity of alignment needs, the treatment may be completed between 12-24 months.
Invisalign braces are a popular choice for patients with mild to moderate corrective needs, and who don’t want to wear traditional braces. They’re a great option for all ages, including adults. The benefits of Invisalign include fewer appointments because no adjustments are needed, in fact several sets of aligners are sent home with the patient at a time, allowing them to progress the treatment on their own as the trays are switched out every week or two. Each alignment tray is custom fitted and the smooth contour will eliminate the risk of any discomfort or tissue irritation. You can also eat anything that you like, because the aligners are removed for meals (as well as brushing and flossing.)
A simple consultation with your orthodontic provider is all that is needed to determine which type of braces are an option for you. Investing in the health of your smile is something that you’ll never regret. Orthodontic tooth alignment will leave you smiling for a number of reasons!