What are Orthodontic Treatments?
Misaligned, crooked, or uneven teeth do not only affect the appearance of your smile. This can also negatively impact your oral health. When your teeth are not straight, you’re likely to experience bite issues. Your teeth may also wear out faster than usual.
Brushing and flossing your teeth will require more effort. And if you’re unable to clean your teeth properly, you may be at risk for gum diseases. But it doesn’t have to reach that point. You can do something to correct alignment of your teeth.
With orthodontic treatments at our dental office, you can move your teeth to their correct position. After getting your treatment, you’ll not only improve your smile, your mouth, overall, will also be healthier. You’ll be able to reduce dental costs for the long term. Surrounding facial structures, such as your jaw, will also function more effectively.
What Types Of Orthodontics Are Available?
At Image Dental Care, we customize orthodontic devices according to your needs. No two device is ever alike as we design each one to address unique dental irregularities patients experience. With these range of devices, you can enjoy a brand new, healthier smile. Read below to know more about the types of teeth straightening device you can choose from.
Advanced Metal Braces – Self-Ligating Brackets
Also known as self-ligating braces, advanced metal braces no longer require use of ligatures. If you have friends wearing the conventional metal braces, ligatures are those small, sometimes colorful bands you see on their teeth. Those bands or ligatures secure the metal wire in place. In the case of self-ligating braces, a sort of a trap door is used instead of ligatures. This trap door like material keeps the wire in place.
Manufacturers say this method results in less friction between the metal wire and bracket, making it more comfortable. Some claim that what makes this device better than other options available is its ability to reduce required dental visits. What’s more, the self-ligating brackets are also easier to clean.
This next type of braces is very much similar to the traditional metal braces. The only difference is that instead of metal, the brackets are made of ceramic. If you want an orthodontic device that is less noticeable, then you may want to consider ceramic braces. Ceramic braces can be colour-matched to your teeth. Another advantage or ceramic as a material is its durability. Some patients also say that ceramic braces feel more comfortable than its metal counterpart.
If you’re concerned about your braces being visible as you smile or speak, then lingual braces may work best for you. Although more costly than the conventional metal orthodontic device, lingual braces will not make it obvious you’re receiving dental work. Also, the material used for the device is less common. This explains the price difference.
This is the modern teeth straightening method you may want to consider as well. Like lingual braces, Invisalign makes it unnoticeable that you’re improving your smile. The custom-made aligners are made of clear plastic. Add to that, this device is removable too.
Your dentist will create a new set of aligners you can use for about 2 weeks. This will then be replaced with a new one to accommodate any changes in the positioning of your teeth. The aligners apply gentle force to shift your teeth in the right position. This procedure eliminates discomfort brought by metal wires that require periodic adjustments.
Get on your way to a healthier, beaming smile! If you’re interested in any of the orthodontic devices mentioned above, please let us know. We’ll do our best to address your inquiries.