What You Should Know about Braces

If you have crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth, our orthodontists can discuss options available to you to correct your smile. Find out how braces can improve your appearance, health and make you feel more confident. Some surveys show that people who have braces feel better about themselves. Statistically, they live longer and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

This dental appliance is not just for kids, but for adults too. About 20% of patients are actually over the age of 18. While braces might sound unattractive, the end result gives you a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime. Modern appliances today are not as bulky or unsightly as traditional methods.

Adults can choose from many different options. Check out our ceramic dental appliances. These wires and brackets are the same size as traditional ones except they are tooth colored. Some even use tooth-colored wires so they blend right in with your smile. This way, you can go about your day with confidence without worrying about metal brackets taking away from your smile. Patients using this method need to practice good oral hygiene since the ceramic can become stained.

Patients can also talk to our orthodontists about Invisalign. This method involves clear plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. They are mostly invisible to the eye and are removable for eating, drinking and sleeping. As the teeth move and shift into place, the aligners are changed out. This happens every week or two. Invisalign is a very convenient option for many patients since they are clear and easily removed. Patients with more serious dental problems might not be able to choose this method for correcting their smile.

Another option is lingual braces. This option sits inside of the teeth instead of the outside, making them invisible. They come with metal wires and brackets much like traditional braces. This dental appliance is not made for everyone. If patients have severe orthodontic issues, they may not be appropriate. Regular adjustments have to be made much like they do with the traditional option.

Talk to our dental experts about how we can help improve your smile. While straightening your teeth is a process, it’s well worth your time. We can help correct issues such as gaps, crooked teeth, crowding, underbite, and overbites. No matter which option you choose, you will end up with a beautiful smile. Schedule a consultation with us today.

 

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