Options for Straightening Teeth
A smile holds a lot of power. It’s an outward expression of our personality and functions as a way to communicate. It can also help or hurt out self-esteem. Crooked or damaged teeth can cause a lot of insecurity and can cause a person to hide their smile which hinders their self-expression.
There are many options for straightening teeth and fixing a smile so that it can shine its brightest! While the decision for how to straighten teeth varies by person and should be made by an orthodontist, knowing what your options are may help encourage you to get treatment.
Metal and Self-Litigating Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. Metal braces use stainless steel metal brackets that are connected to the front of the teeth and a wire is connected to the brackets. This wire is what’s used to move the position of the teeth and is held to the bracket with elastic bands. With these types of braces, you normally have to visit your orthodontist pretty regularly. Treatment time varies with each patient, but general treatment times range from 12 to 30 months
Unlike the traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces use a clip to hold the wire in place instead of elastic bands – making them much easier to clean! These braces typically create a faster process and reduce the amount of time a patient has to spend wearing braces and in the orthodontist’s office. They also cause less discomfort because they move and bend better with your teeth.
If you need orthodontic treatment but dread the idea of having metal braces, Invisalign is a great option for adults. Invisalign uses a series of clear, customized and removable aligners that are worn constantly except for when eating, brushing or flossing. The best thing is that these aligners are hardly even noticeable!
This type of treatment is designed to move teeth in small steps or stages. Several aligners are calibrated and made to fit your mouth at each stage of your treatment plan. The number of aligners you have to wear (and stages you have to go through) may be as few as 12 or as many as 48 and each aligner is generally worn for about two weeks. The number of stages you’ll have to go through will be determined by your orthodontist depending on the condition of your teeth. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually.
Once you visit an orthodontist and it’s decided that Invisalign is a good choice for your treatment, your orthodontist will come up with and appropriate treatment plan.
This guest blog was written by Hiser Orthodontics, a leading orthodontist in Suwanee and Cumming, Georgia. We take pride in providing each of our patients with the highest level of care.