Disorders of TMJ are common, and there are numerous symptoms associated with the condition. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. There is a joint on each side of the face, located right in front of each ear. This joint allows for jaw movement, such as chewing, opening the mouth,…
Teeth Straightening Solutions for an Improved Smile
If you are seriously considering a teeth straightening procedure, then you need to know all of the different options that are available for you to achieve this process. When you visit our orthodontics office in Laurel, you are taking the first step toward a perfectly straight and beautiful smile. However, you may find that there are more options and choices to choose from than you expected. As such, it is important for you to come in for an initial consultation where we can go over the amount of straightening you need, what your goals are, and then explain all the different options that you have for completing the process.
At this initial consultation, we are also going to be addressing a realistic timeline and expectations. One of the things that patients need to remember upon visiting us for teeth straightening. No matter which treatment option the patient chooses, it takes years for teeth to grow in incorrectly. Thus, it is going to take some time for proper alignment.
Fortunately, we have some of the best options available and can provide patients with a comprehensive service in order to make sure the teeth straightening goes according to plan. Keeping that in mind, here are two of the more common options that we use for teeth straightening.
Common teeth straightening options
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces are the tried-and-true method for straightening teeth. The technology continues to improve, making traditional braces significantly smaller than the ones from 20 years ago. Traditional metal braces work by using metal brackets and wires. We secure the metal bracket in place and we then thread a thin metal wire through the back of the bracket using rubber bands.
These rubber bands slowly tighten the braces, ensuring that the patient's teeth move along a specific path in order to accomplish the straightening process in a specific amount of time. There are pros with having traditional braces for teeth straightening, including the fact that they are cost-effective.
For patients who have a more discreet bend, there are ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are difficult for other to notice since they camouflage into the natural teeth. The way that we accomplish this camouflage is by placing ceramic brackets that match the shade of the patient's teeth. We also use ceramic to create fake teeth, so the braces are going to blend perfectly.
In addition, the wires also consist of a tooth-colored material that helps with the blending process. We do not recommend that patients use ceramic braces for children because of ceramic braces stain very easily. Patients cannot clean the stains unless they are willing to replace the entire ceramic piece. For adults who are interested in teeth straightening, ceramic braces may be a perfect option.
Call our dental office at (301) 605-1132 for more information.
We can explain your options in further detail during a consultation.
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