Many people think of crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned teeth as purely a cosmetic issue. While we want all of our patients to be comfortable with the way their teeth look, that is not the primary reason why we often recommend orthodontic treatment. If you have a misaligned smile, moving your teeth into their proper positions can protect them from excess wear and tear, give you a more comfortable bite, and make it easier for you to maintain a clean, fresh mouth.
If you would like to explore your orthodontic treatment options, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.
The orthodontic treatment process begins when a qualified doctor evaluates the alignment of your teeth and jaw.
Then, we can get to work on planning your treatment. Because teeth have a natural capacity for small movements, applying gentle pressure to them for a long period of time allows orthodontic appliances to move them into their proper places. Sometimes, extra attachments are necessary to help orthodontic appliances work as efficiently as possible.
After your treatment officially begins, you can expect an exciting journey as your teeth gradually move toward their proper places. You will visit us periodically throughout your treatment so we can monitor your progress. In just a few months, you may begin to notice a difference in how your smile looks and functions. Final results may take anywhere from several months to a few years.
Traditional metal braces offer a classic, well-proven way to address a range of orthodontic issues, from the mild to severe. They use a combination of brackets, which are bonded onto the teeth, and a wire, which is held in place by the brackets. As the wire is adjusted at periodic appointments, the teeth gradually move closer and closer to their ideal positions.
Some noteworthy advantages of braces include:
Many adults prefer Invisalign® in Meriden as their orthodontic treatment. Instead of using brackets and wires, Invisalign® employs a series of clear, removable aligners, which are custom designed based on scans of a patient’s unique teeth. Invisalign is almost impossible for onlookers to notice, giving it a clear aesthetic advantage over other orthodontic options. It also tends to be somewhat faster than traditional braces. Invisalign is capable of addressing most cases of mild to moderate dental misalignment.
If you would like to learn more about how orthodontic treatment may be able to improve your oral health and enhance the look of your smile, our team is ready to serve you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.