Orthodontic problems typically are caused by genetics, improperly developed facial structures or both. For example, your jaw could be too small or too large, or it might be misaligned. Orthodontic problems can also be caused by thumb or finger sucking, teeth grinding, and tooth loss. There are several orthodontic options available to align the teeth. Read on to learn the answers to a few frequently asked questions about orthodontic treatment options:
Orthodontic braces help correct issues with the alignment of the teeth and bite. They can improve the appearance of your smile and help protect your oral health.
Braces help treat:
There are several types of braces - metal braces, Damon braces, Invisalign aligners, etc. Your dentist will help you choose the best one for you based on your condition and requirements.
Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner that is used to straighten teeth. The aligners are worn 22 hours a day but can be removed to eat and brush your teeth. Invisalign is used to treat common teeth-straightening problems, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and crowded teeth. Invisalign is also effective in treating more complex cases that require jaw surgery. Invisalign is a preferred choice for teens and adults who want a discreet, comfortable, and convenient way to straighten their teeth.
Metal braces are the traditional braces that most patients think of when they hear the word “braces.” They are comprised of metal brackets that are adhered to your teeth and connected by a wire. Metal braces are very strong, but individual brackets may come loose, or wires may poke into the mouth.
The most noticeable difference between metal braces and Invisalign braces is the aesthetic. Metal braces have brackets, wires, rubber bands, and ligatures that are all made from metal. Invisalign braces, on the other hand, are clear plastic aligners that only look like braces when they’re being worn. Metal braces are 100% metal, while Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic.
Not at all! We’ve seen many older patients who are well past their teenage years and who need orthodontic treatment. Braces aren’t just for kids. Braces can be used to correct many problems, such as crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and gaps. Many adults find that braces give them a smile they’ve always wanted.
The length of treatment depends on the complexity of the problem and how well the patient keeps up with treatment. On average, patients wear Invisalign for 12 to 24 months. The treatment time with metal braces is about the same. However, metal braces are permanently affixed to the teeth, and they cannot be removed.
Braces won’t hurt during your orthodontic appointment. The orthodontist may recommend a local anesthetic, but the process will feel no different than getting a routine filling. You may have some slight discomfort when your teeth start to shift into position. However, this discomfort typically subsides within a few days. Braces use gentle pressure to move your teeth. This pressure can cause irritation at first. Your teeth may also feel sore after you eat. However, these issues should go away after a week or two. Your orthodontist may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to help with the discomfort.
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