Orthodontics is a dental treatment that deals with irregularities in teeth especially occlusion, jaws, and alignment which may require the use of braces. Teeth that are straight, with a correct bite, and properly aligned are healthy and reduce risks of future dental complications. Straight teeth offer you a better chance of avoiding plaque buildup that may cause gum disease. You will be able to chew food properly and have better speech. Orthodontics works to ensure this is achieved through various treatment options such as clear braces, traditional metal braces, lingual archwires, invisalign trays, removable appliances, and partial treatments. Quality orthodontic treatment will always result to a balanced aesthetic result. However, your orthodontist will recommend treatment based on the severity of you dental irregularity and bite. Below are the common treatment options you will get for this condition.
Traditional Metal Braces
This treatment option employs the use of standard metal brackets. It is the most commonly used type of braces and has been developed over the years to become sleeker and more comfortable. With traditional metal braces, you can always modify by adding coloured elastic bands to make them look more vibrant and unique.
Invisalign uses a clear set of removable trays that are customised to fit well to your teeth. The set of aligners will require some adjustment to the teeth for them to fit well. They are made comfortable with a pliable material and make a snuggly fit with your teeth. Invisible braces can be taken out while eating, brushing, flossing, and drinking which helps in promoting good oral health.
Not all brace brackets are made as metals. Clear braces are a better orthodontic option if you are looking to go for a unique look, non-traditional look. They are as efficient as traditional braces only that their brackets are customised with translucent materials.
Partial Orthodontic Treatment
Not all tooth conditions will need a full set of braces. There are cases where just one or a few teeth are misaligned. One or a few teeth may also need to be moved in order to prepare for other dental repairs like implants, periodontics, and restorations. This option is the best for such situations. The treatment is also called limited because it corrects a more isolated area of the mouth and requires less treatment time.
It is advisable to check regularly with your orthodontist to routinely confirm any teeth irregularities.