Why Should I Get Braces?
The clearest benefit of orthodontics for most people is a beautiful smile. Many people hide their smiles because they are afraid of displaying misaligned teeth. Orthodontics can correct your bite and smile, so that you can be proud to show off your teeth. A bright, healthy smile can even boost your confidence in relationships and the workplace!
After braces, not only will you feel more self-confident, but your straighter teeth will be less prone to decay and injury. Overlapping teeth create little nooks and corners that can trap food particles and eventually result in cavities. When your teeth are straight, it will be much easier to brush and floss properly. Your gum tissue will also be less susceptible to gum diseases.
When you undergo orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will also work to create a balanced bite to reduce tension in your mouth, jaws, and head. An incorrect bite can place pressure on the temporomandibular joint, resulting in teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Braces can correct this problem and prevent TMJ disorders.
While there are other cosmetic solutions to crooked teeth, such as veneers, only braces can lift and balance your facial structure and teeth naturally. Braces also preserve the integrity of your tooth structure, so they will last you for the rest of your life with the help of retainers. Orthodontists specialize in creating healthy teeth that work in conjunction with your jaws and bones. Getting braces is the safest way to improve your smile for the long-term!
How do braces work?
Braces move teeth by applying a continuous, gentle force in a meticulously controlled direction. Using this motion, braces are able to slowly and gently move teeth into a new, corrected position. It’s important to customize the treatment to each patient, so the teeth have adequate time to shift safely.
Braces have improved greatly from the days when a metal band was placed around every single tooth. These days patients have a choice of clear or metal braces and they can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Materials that are used to make wires are also more gentle than how they used to be, and the latest innovations in orthodontic material can move teeth faster with minimal discomfort.
Patients can choose from many different options for orthodontics now. There are traditional braces, Damon braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. Your orthodontist can help you choose the best appliance for you and your needs! At Newpark Orthodontics, we strive to provide a unique, personalized experience for each patient.
Orthodontic treatment duration usually ranges from one to three years, depending on the complexity of the case and the growth pattern of the patient’s mouth, jaws and face. Patients have different growth rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment and as a result, completion time may deviate from the original estimate. The patient’s compliance with instructions is essential in achieving the most efficient treatment.
TYPES OF BRACES
With all the innovation in dental technology, we now have many different types of braces for every lifestyle. Each type serves the same purpose but with different benefits. Learn more about what could be the best choice for you below:
- Traditional metal braces: With traditional braces, most patients see results in 18 – 24 months. Metal braces are strong and durable. They are best for correcting major structural issues, like overbites, underbites, gaps, etc. Their affordability and effectiveness makes them a very popular choice for both teens and adults!
- Damon braces: For patients who are tight on time, Damon braces may be a perfect fit. These self-ligating braces will adjust on their own, so patients don’t need to attend quite as many appointments with the orthodontist. The self-ligating function also reduces average treatment time, so patients can get their braces off faster!
- Lingual braces: Lingual braces work like regular braces, but the brackets are placed on the inside of the teeth. This way, your teeth look just like they normally would from the outside! Because lingual braces use a pulling motion instead of pushing motion, they’re not suitable for everyone. Talk to your doctor if you are interested!
- Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces work like metal braces, but they use ceramic instead of metal brackets. Ceramic matches the color of teeth better, so the braces are discreet.
- Invisalign (clear aligners): Invisalign is a brand of clear aligner therapy that straightens teeth with a series of plastic trays. Invisalign is an aesthetically appealing orthodontic choice that allows patients to the flexibility of removing their trays for special occasions, brushing, and eating.
To learn more about the types of braces we offer, we recommend talking to our orthodontist during a consultation. He will be able to examine your teeth and help you choose the appliance that will give you the best results.