Malocclusion, a condition where the teeth in the upper and lower dental arches are not properly aligned, may not only affect the smile. It may also affect your ability to speak, chew, and eat, and it can potentially cause gum disease.
What’s the remedy? Orthodontics can restore your teeth to its good condition and help you feel and look better. Williams Orthodontics says that anyone can undergo orthodontic treatment, starting at the age of seven.
Your orthodontist may suggest getting braces to correct your smile. Several types of braces will vary in procedure and timeline. Here are the most common.
This type of braces is the most popular where orthodontists cement high-grade stainless steel or titanium and metal brackets to the teeth. Brackets gradually move teeth into the correct position by applying pressure. Expect to feel a bit of discomfort in your mouth when your orthodontist makes adjustments.
You may wear metal braces for years, depending on the severity of your problem. On average, it may last for about one to three years. Your orthodontist will tell you how to care for your braces to avoid any complications.
The treatment process of these braces is similar with metal braces, but orthodontists use clear ceramic brackets instead of the metal ones. Ceramic braces are less visible, compared to the metal version, so they are popular.
Although the brackets won’t stain, your orthodontist may change the o-rings around them when necessary because of discoloration caused by certain food and drinks.
Invisalign or Clear Aligners
This is another type of teeth straightener to consider. Here, orthodontics use advanced technology to diagnose your condition, and design your aligners. You will have a set of clear aligners that put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the desired position.
The Invisalign procedure is a little different from metal and ceramic braces. These clear aligners are removable, and you have to wear each set for 22 hours a day for a week or two, depending on your orthodontist’s recommendation.
Your treatment also varies depending on your condition and as prescribed by your orthodontist as well as the number of aligners you need.
Each teeth aligner has its advantages and disadvantages. The bottom line is to correcting your dental problem now to improve your oral and overall health. Whether you think traditional braces is better than the latest one, get treatment from an American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) member to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment for your condition.