Improve Your Smile with Orthodontic Treatment

Improve Your Smile with Orthodontic Treatment

Mar 01, 2021

Orthodontic problems like malocclusion, crowding, and bite problems affect your appearance and dental health as well. These dental problems make it hard for you to clean your teeth properly, which can damage your overall dental health. That is why you need orthodontic treatment to help correct these problems.

What is Orthodontic Treatment?

This is the process of straightening or moving your teeth to improve their appearance and function. It also improves your overall oral health by making it easy for you to clean your teeth properly.

Furthermore, it supports your dental structure and joint health by spreading the bite pressure over all the teeth. These and many other benefits are why you should go for orthodontics if you have bite problems.

Orthodontic treatment uses devices like braces and aligners to reposition your teeth.

Who Can Benefit from Orthodontic Treatment?

Although most people assume brace treatment to be for children, adults can benefit too. Orthodontic treatment is most successful if it is started early (at age 12, before the jaw attain maturity), but you can still reposition your teeth as an adult too. Braces reposition your teeth to improve appearance and function.

Speak to our dentist in Sarasota about the scope of improving your smile using braces and other orthodontic devices.

What Options Are Available?

Several orthodontic treatments are available that can help correct your teeth.

  • Traditional bracesThese are made of wires and brackets that are fixed on the teeth. These are fixed dental braces that are fastened in place at the dental office. And, you need to visit the dentist every couple of weeks to have them adjusted.

    The braces are mostly used in children because once fixed they stay in place. This minimizes the chances of the child losing them. However, it requires high standards of hygiene to keep the food particles from sticking to the teeth.

  • Clear bracesThese are available in different types but the most common brand is Invisalign®. These are invisible braces made of clear plastic and are customized to fit your dental structure. The one benefit of these clear braces is that they are removable. This makes them ideal for adults and teenagers. The braces give you the liberty to eat what you want but require discipline. You need to remove the braces when eating or brushing to keep them from staining. Also, you have to wear the braces for 22 hours daily for the treatment to be successful.

    Invisible braces are ideal for adults who have moderate malocclusion and bite problems.

  • Lingual bracesThese are similar to the traditional ones, but they are fixed on the inside of the teeth. They are invisible and are ideal for people who are looking for a subtle orthodontic treatment.

How is the Treatment Done?

Orthodontic treatment is mostly done in two phases; phase one is for examination and treatment while the second phase is for maintenance.

  1. Mapping and examinationDr. Shamisa Safi will first begin with a comprehensive dental assessment to check the condition of the bone. At times, before the orthodontic treatment begins, tooth extraction may be done. This is done if you have crowded teeth.

    The dentist will then take you through the different orthodontic devices we have and choose a suitable one based on the severity of your malocclusion.

  2. The treatment phaseThe treatment is done differently depending on the type of braces you choose. For traditional braces, the dentist will fix them in place and give you instructions on how to maintain hygiene. You will be required to visit the dental office every six to eight weeks to have the braces adjusted.

    Invisalign is a bit different, the dentist will give you a set of aligners that are to be worn for 14 days each set. These aligners gradually reposition the teeth and that is why you need multiple sets. Similar to the traditional braces, you’ll need to visit the dentist regularly for assessment.

  3. Retainer phaseAfter the treatment, the dentist will give you a retainer device to maintain the new position of the teeth.

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