Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment

girl undergoing orthodontic treatmentWhen you think of orthodontic treatment, you probably imagine metal brackets and wires slowly straightening your teeth. While traditional metal braces are still the most common type of orthodontics, there are a few variations now available. Invisalign clear braces are increasing in popularity due to their inconspicuous nature, and the fact that treatment may occasionally be shorter than with traditional braces. Other options include bonding and veneers, which are generally better suited for minor misalignments, or cosmetic corrections.

Invisalign Clear Braces

More orthodontic patients are choosing Invisalign clear braces today than ever before. They are approved for use in teenagers and adults alike, who need mild to moderately-severe corrections. Clear braces are made from a thin, medical grade, plastic and are custom designed for your teeth. Based on your dentist’s treatment plan, you will change out your aligners about every two weeks until you have reached your desired level of improvement.

Bonding and Veneers

If you have a minor malocclusion, chipped teeth, or other defect, you may consider dental bonding or porcelain veneers. These options are excellent for improving space issues between your teeth, and improving the overall look of your smile. Bonding and veneers are not recommended for cases that require severe correction, because they do not fix underlying problems that could affect your oral functionality.

Traditional Metal Braces

Being the most common orthodontic treatment, traditional braces provide an excellent level of correction for all types of cases. The treatment process involves the application of metal brackets onto the front of your teeth, which are connected by a thin metal wire. Periodically, you will come into the office to have your wires tightened while your teeth are being straightened. The entire treatment usually takes between one and two years to complete, based on the level of correction needed.

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