What to Expect during Orthodontic Treatment
The treatment process will depend entirely upon the form of braces you select. If you opt for clear aligners, your dentist will first need to take impressions of your smile, which will be sent to an dental laboratory. There, these molds will be used to fabricate your aligner trays. In many cases, your doctor can use digital software to create a simulation of your results, so you can preview your new smile.
If you prefer clear-bracketed braces, your doctor will use dental cement to secure the brackets to the surface of your teeth. The ligature wire will then be threaded through each bracket. Your dentist may be able to choose the shade of wire that blends seamlessly with your smile.
The Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligner trays are becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments, especially because they can now address a wider range of issues. These trays offer several noteworthy benefits.
- Aligners are more subtle than any type of bracket. Your friends or coworkers may not even notice you are wearing aligners, even when standing at arm’s length.
- Whereas metal brackets can irritate the inside of the lips and cheeks, clear aligners are smooth and more comfortable.
- Aligners can be removed to eat, so you will not have any dietary restrictions during treatment. It is also easier to brush and floss your teeth. Simply remove the aligners beforehand.
- If you are very active, blunt metal brackets can place your lips cheeks, and gums at risk. Clear aligners, on the other hand, will not jeopardize your smile in the case of an accident.
Of course, those who do not qualify for aligner trays can still enjoy subtle and effective care with other types of clear braces.
The Importance of Orthodontic Care
Orthodontia can improve not only the aesthetics of your smile but also your oral health. Crooked, gapped, or rotated teeth are more difficult to clean. As a result, they tend to collect more debris and harbor bacteria. Straighter teeth are easier to maintain, reducing your risk of serious conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, when the force of your bite is evenly distributed across your dental arches, your risk of cracked teeth, dental erosion, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder also decreases. In cases of severe misalignment, patients may even find it easier to bite and chew after treatment. Speak to your doctor to find out how you can benefit from clear braces.