Having a straight and healthy smile benefits you in both the way you look and feel. Patients with straight teeth often feel more confident in their interactions with others, and their oral health is significantly improved by being able to better clean their teeth. At Desert Dental Group, we want to help all patients achieve their dream smile and offer a number of orthodontic options to make this a reality. If you or your child is in need of orthodontics, visit our Victorville, CA office to get a free consultation on your needs and smile goals.
When most people think of braces or orthodontics, the traditional metal brackets and wires is what they first imagine. And this is for good reason, as traditional braces are time tested and have shown that they can make significant improvements to a patient’s smile. This option for orthodontics utilizes metal brackets and wires to reposition teeth, no matter how severe the case may be. Additionally, traditional braces are excellent for those who would normally have poor orthodontic compliance as they are securely bonded to the teeth and difficult to break. Traditional braces work through tension in the wires and brackets that guide teeth into proper position. Modern technology has also made traditional braces more comfortable to wear than ever before!
Some reasons patients choose traditional braces include:
- Ability to treat severe tooth misalignment
- Hard to break
- Years of successful results
- Personalization with colored bands for kids and teens
Clear aligners are a modern approach to orthodontics as they can straighten teeth discreetly. Patients do not have to worry about the metal look and feel on their teeth since the clear aligners are made of removable plastic that blends in with the smile, so most people will never notice them. Another big benefit of clear aligners is that they can be removed at any time for eating and drinking or cleaning teeth. This means that there are no restrictions to everyday life, but patients must be compliant in wearing them 20-22 hours a day. When undergoing this treatment option, patients will get multiple different sets of aligners. Each set of aligners are slightly adjusted to provide more and more alignment. Patients will wear one set of clear aligners for a week or two, which gently repositions the teeth. Then, the next set will further reposition them a little bit more. This cycle continues until the patient reaches their smile goal.
Reasons that patients choose clear aligners include:
- Discreet while being worn
- No restrictions to diet
- Better able to clean teeth
- More gentle on the teeth
The final stage in most orthodontic treatments requires the use of a retainer. Once teeth have been properly aligned, retainers ensure they stay in the proper position. Since the teeth have adjusted position, the bone and ligaments that hold them in place need time to heal. Retainers help your jaw heal around the teeth in their new position, so it is important to have a comfortable retainer that keeps teeth in place. Retainers are often used for those who have completed any form of orthodontic treatment, and over time, they may be used less frequently.
If you are interested in straightening your teeth or helping your child straighten theirs, we encourage you to call us today for a free orthodontic consultation. Our team will go over your needs, listen to your concerns, and provide an understandable guide to how we can help you achieve your smile goals.
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