Orthodontics & Invisalign
Dental braces have come a long way since they were invented in the 1800’s. Today, Americans are privy to a bevy of tooth-straightening options, each of which offers different benefits. Currently, the most popular types of braces used in include:
- Metal Braces – These are traditional braces most often seen in children and teenagers. Metal braces are the most affordable and use a system of brackets and wires to move the teeth over time.
- Invisalign – This modern orthodontic treatment is highly popular among adults who want to straighten their smiles discreetly. Invisalign orthodontics is a system of customized plastic trays that are worn day and night, with the exception of when a patient is eating, brushing and flossing. The invisible trays are switched out every couple of weeks until a desirable result is achieved.
Why Misaligned Teeth Need Early Treatment
- Crooked teeth and misaligned bites often lead to painful TMJ problems.
- Prevent further shifting and wear on teeth.
- Improve the appearance of the smile and increase confidence.
- Reduce the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and gum recession.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED BRACES?
Only you and your dentist can determine whether braces are right for you. However, chances are you could benefit from treatment if your teeth are crooked, overlapping or protruding. Schedule an appointment for a free orthodontic consultation.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHILE I HAVE BRACES?
You will have certain dietary restrictions with most types of braces except Invisalign. Some foods, such as hard, sticky and chewy foods, can have an adverse effect on braces and damage the brackets and wires. You will also need to make frequent office visits to have wires tightened. If you have Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions, as the orthodontic trays are fully removable when eating. You’ll also be able to switch to a new Invisalign tray every few weeks without visiting your dentist.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IS COMPLETE?
When you have completed your treatment, you will have your braces removed and be given a retainer. The retainer must be worn at all times initially to help preserve the new placement of your teeth. We try and provide permanent retainers whenever possible because we know how easy it is to lose your retainers!