Braces and Invisalign / Orthodontics
Braces for All Ages
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerned with alignment of the teeth and improve appearance.
Orthodontics is devoted to building beautiful smiles by bringing teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment. Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are more likely to last your lifetime.
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
How Orthodontics Treatment Works
Braces consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past.
We usually recommend braces to improve the patient’s:
Undesirable gaps between teeth
Protruded teeth and/or jaw
Lack of symmetry of the face
Invisalign is a teeth straightening system made from a clear plastic. The treatment devices are called aligners. These aligners are custom fitted to the teeth and will snap into place easily. The aligners move the teeth into the correct place of alignment over time. Invisalign is intended for use in people who have mild to moderate teeth misalignment but is not meant for extreme misalignment. Invisalign is particularly popular today because it offers an alternative to traditional metal braces.
Why Choose Invisalign?
The number one reason that many patients choose Invisalign is so that they can avoid metal braces completely while still getting the straighter teeth they desire. Because Invisalign is clear plastic, other people may not be aware that it's there. Another reason that many people like Invisalign is that they can eat and drink without restriction. The aligners are removed for meals, so patients can eat normally without worrying about the complications that associate with traditional, metal braces.