Did you know that when your teeth are crooked that you are more susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease? This is because your teeth are not perfectly straight and side by side, which makes it more difficult to maintain a thoroughly clean mouth. For instance, it can be difficult to remove all food particles and plaque build-up from small crevices.
While it would be great if everyone could be born with perfectly straight teeth, the reality is that most people are born with teeth that require some level of orthodontic treatment. From straightening, moving, or improving function, the way your teeth appear can be altered with orthodontics.
Thanks to modern technology, there are lots of different orthodontic treatments that can help you restore your smile. Here at Dream Orthodontics, three of our most popular treatments are Invisalign, traditional metal braces, and clear ceramic braces. Let’s take a look below at what each of these common and popular orthodontic treatments is and can do for your smile and overall oral health.
Invisalign are made from customized clear retainer trays that are completely removable and discreet. Used one at a time for generally a week or two, these trays are custom-made to perfectly fit over your teeth, requiring a new series of trays every six weeks or so.
Invisalign is a gradual process of straightening your teeth for those who want a discreet alternative to metal braces. Invisalign can also be used by individuals who have undergone previous traditional orthodontic treatment (aka metal braces) and require further treatment later in the future.
On average, Invisalign is worn for roughly six to 12 months, but the exact duration will vary based on your individual case and needs.
When considering Invisalign, make sure to consider the fact that the trays must be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day and only remove them when you eat and drink something other than water. Not doing so can result in ineffective treatment and/or longer treatment duration.
Traditional Metal Braces
By far the most common orthodontic treatment worldwide, traditional metal braces have been around for years and were once one of the only options for orthodontic treatment.
Most effective for more severe orthodontic problems, metal braces are fixed appliances that use metal brackets and wires to gradually move your teeth into alignment. These wires are tightened/loosened over time as your teeth begin to shift.
Metal braces are installed and removed by your orthodontist. Unlike Invisalign, you must adhere to certain food restrictions to avoid damaging your brackets and wires and help prevent food from getting stuck. Traditional braces are worn for an average of one to two years, although everyone’s needs are different.
Clear Ceramic Braces
Another popular orthodontic treatment at Dream Orthodontics is our clear ceramic braces. Very similar to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces can be used to treat more complex orthodontic issues. However, unlike metal braces, these are clear or the same color as your teeth. This reduces issues you may have with your appearance while out in public.
Like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces cannot be removed once they’re installed unless done so by your orthodontic professional. Therefore, you must be incredibly diligent in your oral hygiene and watch what you eat to avoid issues. These braces are typically worn for one to three years, depending on your personal treatment plan.
Ceramic braces are a great alternative to metal braces if you want to straighten your teeth without letting the world know about it. Ceramic braces also serve as an additional option to Invisalign when you want a discreet option and don’t qualify as a candidate for the clear aligners.
Ready to Get Started on Your Orthodontic Journey?
If you are interested in straightening your teeth or have questions about any of the orthodontic treatment methods mentioned above, please reach out to us here at Dream Orthodontics. There are options to help you achieve a beautiful smile, and we can help get you started. We would love to sit down with you and explore orthodontic treatment options that are best suited for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation