If you are considering a dental alignment, you may be overwhelmed by the available options. Nowadays, orthodontic options can sometimes be selected based on the preferences of the patient.
Here are a few orthodontic options and the benefits that each offers.
An application of traditional metal braces is still a great way to straighten the teeth. The braces have brackets that are bonded to the front of the teeth. The brackets are connected to an archwire by elastic bands. As the orthodontist makes adjustments to the archwire, the teeth are coaxed into a straighter alignment by the pressure that the archwire applies to the brackets.
Multiple orthodontic adjustments are made throughout the alignment process. As the teeth adjust to the straighter configuration, changes to the archwire are necessary to continue the straightening process.
Traditional braces have multiple benefits. They are able to correct a wide variety of bite and alignment issues. Additionally, they tend to be less expensive than some other types of braces, such as lingual braces. If you have severe alignment issues, traditional braces may work well for you.
Still, some people may feel uncomfortable with the look of metal against their teeth. For people who prefer a discreet alignment process but still suffer from serious alignment issues, traditional braces with ceramic brackets may offer a great alternative to metal. The ceramic braces straighten the same alignment issues as those with metal brackets but are less noticeable in the mouth.
Lingual braces are made of metal but are applied to the lingual side of the teeth, which is next to the tongue. The braces can straighten severe alignment issues just as well as traditional metal braces. In addition, they include the same basic components. Nevertheless, the braces are discreet because of their location in the mouth.
Lingual braces may also be preferred because they do not interfere with the normal movement of the lips. This benefit is helpful for people who play wind instruments. Additionally, since the lingual braces do not occupy the space between the inner lips and the teeth, they do not increase the likelihood of injuries from blows to the mouth during sports.
Invisalign is an orthodontic option that has become popular among teens and adults. Instead of brackets and an archwire, the Invisalign system uses aligning trays that fit over the teeth and are made of hard, clear plastic.
The system works well for people who have moderate alignment issues and can wear the appliance as instructed. The aligning trays are removable but should not be left out of the mouth for more than a few hours daily. People who desire a discreet alignment option that can be removed to facilitate brushing and flossing may benefit from Invisalign.
If you would like to discover the best orthodontic options for you, contact an orthodontist in your local area to schedule an appointment.