Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Posted by Dr. Lee on Feb 12 2023, 02:17 AM

Orthodontic treatments can move teeth into better positions and fix certain bite issues. These treatments can straighten your teeth and help you achieve the perfect smile. The length of your treatment will depend on which type of treatment you need. Listed below are the different types of orthodontic treatments.

Traditional Braces

The most popular option for straightening teeth involves metal brackets and wires bonded to the teeth and adjusted regularly. This option can help correct a number of alignment issues, including bite problems, spacing issues, and protruding or crowded teeth.

Treatment with braces is typically completed within about 24 months, depending on the amount of correction required. Brackets and wires will be worn at all times except when eating, brushing, or flossing. During adjustments, the dentist will check the progress of the treatment and make any necessary adjustments to the hardware of the appliance. These appointments are typically scheduled every four to six weeks to monitor progress and ensure teeth are moving as anticipated. 

Clear Braces

Many patients prefer clear braces because they are nearly invisible against the teeth. The brackets are bonded to the teeth, and the wires can be colored to match the enamel, making them less noticeable than metal braces. 

Invisalign®

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients are able to eat whatever foods they want and brush and floss their teeth normally. Unlike braces, there are no food restrictions with Invisalign treatment! This means that more of your favorite foods are back on the menu—no matter what device was used to straighten your teeth. A takeout is also an option when wearing your Invisalign aligners. Just remove your aligner, take your food to go, and enjoy a delicious lunch anywhere that you’d like. Just make sure you brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Straight teeth are beautiful teeth, but dirty teeth are not! No matter what orthodontic method you choose, maintaining optimal oral hygiene is always of utmost importance.

Traditional braces are the most common type of adult orthodontics, but they aren’t the only option available to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. Clear aligner trays are a popular alternative to braces and are used to treat many of the same orthodontic problems. For teens and adults looking for a more discreet way to straighten their smiles, Invisalign® offers a clear alternative to traditional metal braces. 

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