Orthodontics is the art of using appliances to straighten and align teeth. Fuller Dental provides complete orthodontic services in Burlington, NC, for children and adults. Your orthodontic treatment is tailored to your unique oral health needs and cosmetic concerns. Your dentist will suggest the treatment that will support your dental health for the long term.
The Importance of Straight Teeth
Having straight teeth isn’t simply to achieve a pretty smile. It is actually important for your oral health. With crooked teeth, you are at the risk of developing dental problems and bite disorders. These types of issues can affect your health and your overall lifestyle. Straight teeth have less chance of getting dental cavities, gum disease, and TMJ disorders.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
There are several types of orthodontic braces available to patients. This includes traditional metal braces, ceramic “tooth colored” braces, as well as clear plastic aligners.
Clear Braces use brackets made of monocrystalline sapphire. This makes the braces nearly see through except for the thin arch wire. Next, to the Invisalign system (below), clear braces are the closest thing to invisible braces.
Metal Braces are the most economical and traditionally used type of orthodontic treatment. They are also ideal for those with more extensive realignment needs. It involves the use of braces to move teeth into proper positioning. With this method, your dentist will bond brackets to the teeth then thread arch wires through the brackets. The arch wires act as a track, guiding each tooth to its proper position.
Retainers are appliances made from plastic and stainless steel to custom fit your mouth. They act as a guide to hold your teeth into place after you done with braces. The retainer holds your teeth in place so your surrounding gums and bone can adjust around them. This allows you to maintain your new, straight smile. Although the time you must wear a retainer will vary, many orthodontists recommend wearing a retainer into the early 20s. This is when the bone in your jaw and mouth has stops growing.
Invisalign clear aligners work by first creating a series of clear, almost invisible trays. These trays will gently and gradually move your teeth until you see the beautiful end result you want. At the end of each two week period, you will switch trays.
Throughout the process, you will visit Fuller Dental every six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Once your treatment is complete, you will likely wear a clear retainer at night to ensure your new smile stays in place.
As with all orthodontic appliances, the cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. However, Invisalign is generally more costly than braces. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.
The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, snap on, custom fit, removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, forcing them to shift. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but since the trays are made of clear plastic, they are virtually invisible.
In addition, because Invisalign trays are removable, you can take them out to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth.