Orthodontic treatments can be daunting, but they don’t have to be! With a basic understanding of the common procedures and options available, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a beautiful, confident smile. This blog post will overview some of the most popular orthodontic treatments and explain how each works. From Invisalign to traditional braces and beyond, we’ll explore which treatment best suits your needs. Whether you require minor corrections or major repositioning, plenty of solutions can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of – so let’s dive right in!
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses invisible aligners to move teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign has no metal brackets or wires – instead, a series of clear, customized aligners are used to straighten your teeth. The aligners are designed with 3D computer imaging technology and made of smooth, comfortable plastic material that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional braces.
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets with an arch wire woven through them, connected at each end by bands to the molars. Besides being made of metal, traditional braces can also be ceramic or plastic. Small elastic ties hold the arch wires in place in the brackets, while small metal hooks may secure additional brace pieces such as rubber bands, springs, or special wires.
Ceramic braces and Lingual braces
Ceramic braces and Lingual braces are two other types of orthodontic treatments that can be used to achieve a beautiful, straight smile. Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces but are made from tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets that blend in with the teeth, making them less noticeable. On the other hand, Lingual braces are attached to the back of teeth and are completely invisible from the front view. They use customized arch wires that ensure greater accuracy in achieving the desired result.
Removable retainers maintain the results achieved with traditional braces or other braces. They fit snugly around the teeth and are made from plastic molds. The retainer is held in place by suction and can be taken out when necessary. Though they are an important part of maintaining straight teeth after wearing braces, retainers need to be worn at night – either in addition to daytime wear or as a replacement for daily wear. It helps ensure that your teeth stay in the correct position and helps prevent any further shifting.
Palatal expanders are used to create space in the mouth for overcrowded teeth. The expander is designed to fit on the roof of the mouth and help widen it over time. This gradual expansion helps create more room for all teeth and can reduce problems such as crossbite and crowding. It can also help strengthen certain muscles that control jaw movement and promote proper alignment.
The Damon system is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses advanced technology to reduce treatment time and improve outcomes. This system uses self-ligating brackets – fixed to the tooth – that hold the arch wire in place without elastic ties. It allows for faster, less painful adjustments and fewer office visits. This system also reduces treatment time by up to 50%.