Orthodontic treatment can be a much needed dental resource when you want to get your or your child’s teeth aligned. Teeth that do not close properly, a smile that makes you feel embarrassed, spaced-out tooth placement, or difficulties during breathing, chewing or even sleeping are some of the reasons to opt for comprehensive orthodontic therapy. Most often, tooth straightening or alignment is achieved by guiding teeth into new positions through braces. Orthodontic therapy has advanced considerably in recent years. Clear aligners are another exciting development that lets you go braces-free. Dr Suvidha Sachdeva of Sunshine Smiles Dentistry, dentist Roswell GA, offers a host of orthodontic treatment options that assure a comfortable treatment experience and excellent results. Read on to know more about braces and clear aligners and how to make the optimal orthodontic choice:
Braces are the most common orthodontic therapy to guide teeth into their correct positions. Traditionally, braces are made of metal and cover a few or all teeth of the mouth. Braces use a system of elastics and wires to close gaps, push teeth inwards or outwards and enhance their symmetry to give a balanced smile.
What to Expect With Braces
At the start of treatment, radiographs are taken and an impression is made to determine your orthodontic treatment needs. After an assessment, braces are placed that are connected by elastics and metal wires that are tightened systematically to align teeth and give you a beautiful and symmetrical smile. Ceramic or tooth-colored and lingual braces are also available that are more appealing cosmetically. Braces need to be reviewed every 4 to 6 weeks to check if the pressure the wires are placing on the teeth to be moved is optimal. Braces cannot be removed for the duration of orthodontic treatment and you may need some time before you fully adjust to their presence during talking, eating and brushing.
Braces require special oral hygiene maintenance such as:
- Regular tooth brushing
- Use of an anti-cavity mouth rinse
- Use of special orthodontic brushes that can clean around braces
- Use of an interdental brush to remove debris between teeth
Clear aligners are discreet and almost transparent orthodontic appliances. They are used to correct tooth positioning problems by using clear splints. Clear aligners feel more preferable than traditional braces because:
- Esthetic and barely visible in the mouth
- Can be removed during meals
- Hygienic to use
- Allow brushing and flossing with ease
- Gradual pressure applied
- Comfortable treatment experience
- Customized treatment
- No wires, elastics, or brackets used
What to Expect with Clear Aligners
The treatment process for clear aligners at Sunshine Smiles Dentistry in Roswell, GA involves a step by step procedure. Initially, a computerized 3D scan of the teeth is recorded to assess the degree and nature of orthodontic treatment required. A customized near-transparent aligner is fabricated to meet your specific therapeutic needs. Splints of gradually increasing thickness ranging from soft, medium to hard are worn over a few weeks to few months. The splints are reviewed every one to two weeks on an average. The clear aligners need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for optimal results. It is important to wear the clear aligners for the stipulated time to achieve orthodontic benefits.
Tooth straightening does not need to be a matter of concern for you or your loved ones. Make the right choice by scheduling a consultation at https://sunshinesmilesdentistry.com/book-an-appointment/ and choose a treatment that is tailor-made for you.