Ever wondered about those misaligned teeth that you or one of your family members might have? Orthodontic is the speciality of dentistry that deals with the alignment of improperly positioned teeth. There are two main objectives; improving the physical look and appearance but more importantly, enhancing the oral health and functionality.
The Orthodontic Treatment
The initial step starts with the dentist carefully examining the structure of the teeth, jaws, and face. He or she would likely use Panoramic x-rays, photographs and bite imprints. The results of the evaluation will determine the orthodontic procedure to proceed with. The dentist may recommend either fixed or removable appliances.
These braces are made of bands, archwires, and brackets. The brackets are bonded in front of the teeth while bands are fixed around the teeth and function as anchors for the appliance. Metal braces are best for children since they are durable and very affordable.
Clear ceramic braces are tooth-coloured braces so they are almost invisible. They are made of ceramic or porcelain making them very smooth.
Invisalign are customised clear plastic aligners. They are designed using the modern technology of 3-D imaging. To quicken teeth alignment, the patient has to wear one set of aligners for two to three weeks after which they are replaced with another new set of aligners. The Invisalign aligners are very convenient as they allow the patient to eat, drink as well as brush and floss teeth normally. Results are achieved much faster when using Invisalign. These types of appliances are best for both teenagers and adults.