Teeth can become out of alignment for many reasons. Some people are naturally inclined to having crooked or overcrowded teeth. In other instances, tooth misalignment is due to external factors, such as thumb sucking. Trauma to the mouth or losing a tooth can cause teeth to readjust and move out of position.
Straight teeth and a winning smile are aesthetically important for many Americans, and can increase your standing socially and even make you more employable. In addition, straight teeth are easier to keep clean, as there are less nooks and crannies for plaque to gather. Orthodontists agree that early intervention is best for realigning teeth, but it is never too late to begin orthodontic treatment.
What Kind of Braces are Right for You?
Historically, braces carried a stigma of being painful and ugly, with only unwieldy ‘train track’ style braces available. Thankfully, so many Americans are choosing braces to treat their dental issues that they are considered commonplace. In addition, there are a range of options available to suit your budget and needs.
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets affixed to the tooth and threaded with a metal wire, which is secured with a rubber band. This wire puts pressure on the teeth and forces them into alignment. These braces are the most cost-effective option for the patient and can produce the fastest results.
Colored rubber bands can be used to create a funky, unique look. Smile Structure offers self-litigated braces which eliminates the need for rubber bands. Self-litigated braces are reportedly less painful during tooth movement and can speed up the treatment process. For a less noticeable treatment, consider ceramic braces. These are affixed in a similar way to traditional braces, although the bracket used is clear. These braces do require more care and are more breakable.
Invisalign® is the leading alternative to traditional braces. With this system, nothing is attached to the teeth – rather a clear, removable aligner straightens the teeth. There are many benefits to this treatment, as the aligner is almost invisible when worn. It can be removed for eating and easy cleaning.
To discuss the best treatment option for you, arrange a free consultation today with Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces.
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