Orthodontic Treatment Options
Orthodontic treatment utilizes different types of appliances to correct the teeth malocclusion and jaw discrepancy. The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. Orthodontic treatment can be divided into two main categories, which are braces treatment and Invisalign treatment.
Braces treatment is the most common approach. They help to move the teeth slowly by applying precise amounts of light pressure over a long period of time. 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 most often 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. The color of braces is varied from bright colors for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.
Invisalign treatment, also called invisible Orthodontic treatment, is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners, generated by the computer program, are utilized to create tooth movement. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift patient’s teeth into place. Aligners are custom-modeled to fit your teeth, virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear. These aligners are worn 24 hours a day except for when eating and drinking. Because they are "invisible" in the mouth, invisalign have become the most popular orthodontic treatment option for adults with crooked teeth or misaligned bites.
Why Seek Orthodontic Care?
Orthodontic treatment is essential for people at all age to have straight, healthy teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. By then, enough of the permanent teeth have emerged to identify potential problems. Starting orthodontic treatment early in life may have many advantages. Many people undergo orthodontic treatment during preteen and teenage years. At this time, most of the permanent teeth have come in and treatment can be most effective. An increasing number of adults now have orthodontic treatment as well. However, adult treatment can be more complicated. For example, adult patients may be more susceptible to gum problems and will need to address these. Sometimes they also have jaw alignment problems that require corrective surgery. One of the biggest limitations in adult treatment is that adults are no longer growing.
Orthodontic care is not just cosmetic in nature. It also can benefit long-term dental health. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. This can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. It also can help prevent gingivitis, an inflammation that damages gums.