Without braces, it is impossible to even imagine successful teeth straightening treatments. These instruments apply a continuous pressure over a period of time, moving the teeth in a certain direction. Following their alignment process, the bone changes shape as well. Orthodontists monitor the situation closely, scheduling regular appointments and making sure the pressure exerted is leading to desired outcomes.
The time needed for appliances to do what they were prescribed for varies from individual to individual. On average, they are used for anywhere between one and three years. This stage is followed by retainer everyday use in the period of six months and nighttime use afterward. Factors that determine the length of the treatment are the severity of the problem, amount of available room, overall oral health, and capabilities of orthodontists.
The good news is that our orthodontists specialize in correcting different irregularities, including the most pronounced and serious ones. They carefully assess each patient’s situation and then come up with a treatment plan that centers on the right type of appliance. Hence, depending on your problem, you may have to use something with fixed or removable components.
To be more precise, your braces may have brackets, orthodontic bands, spacers (separators), ties, buccal tubes, archwires, springs, etc. This is to say that there are multiple types of braces we work with. Of course, we discuss all the options with our patients before proceeding with treatment. The main goal is to get those straight and amazing-looking teeth and bless you with a beautiful smile.
What Is The Deal With Invisalign Braces?
Let us start with Invisalign aligners, which are a popular alternative to metal braces.
Both adults and teens can opt for this almost-invisible solution in order to improve their smile. Even better, Invisalign appliances are much more comfortable to wear, as there are no annoying brackets, sharp edges, or wires. They feel smooth and do not irritate your teeth. Most people will not even notice you are wearing them. You have something that looks like a mouth guard rather than having your mouth full of metal.
Did we mention that the maintenance is rather minimal? Well, you can use a simple toothbrush dipped in bleach and water to freshen them up and get rid of stains. What is more, Invisalign braces can be removed when eating, brushing teeth, and flossing. That is why they tend to improve oral hygiene and make your life easier. The only thing to bear in mind is that they are pricier than conventional counterparts.
Before you settle for them, though, note that both Invisalign and traditional tools are used in our treatment methods. They are sometimes utilized in combination with other services such as propel system and orthodontics surgery. The point is that no two patients are the same— what works for some might be a sub-optimal solution for others. We know that better than anyone else.
Should You Opt For Self-Ligating Braces?
Standard metal braces have brackets (elastic tiles) that are connected with an archwire and they attach to patient’s teeth. On the other hand, SLBs contain a small gate (door) that when closed, holds the archwire in place. Thanks to smart design and absence of o-rings, these braces apply less friction to the teeth. Pressure is gentle and consistent. At the same time, they feel more comfortable and allow teeth to move more freely.
Furthermore, these modern specialized devices are linked to other amazing benefits. Compared to most conventional braces, they reduce the time needed to complete the treatment and also cut visits to our specialists. The initial stage of orthodontist alignment is particularly impressive, although the roots require more time to move into the correct position. You also do not have to worry about o-rings that discolor over time.
Another pro to take into account is hygiene. Simply put, metal doors are easier to clean and maintain than elastic tiles. This is especially true for patients that do not need elastic chains over the course of the treatment. And all in all, patients who are in need for speed will find SLBs to be a life savior. We cannot recommend them enough, although in some instances, standard metal braces prove to be a sound option.
For example, it must be mentioned that standard devices are less expensive and come with some cool options. Kids may want to go for colored bands and express their playful side that way. Besides, let us not forget that modern brackets are much less visible and uncomfortable than notorious, clunky appliances older people are used to. As technology improves, we take notice and adapt.
Why Choose Us?
This brings us to our final point: the unique value we promise to deliver to you.
Here at Alpharetta orthodontics, we offer high-grade services and equipment. Our procedures are conducted by trained and experienced orthodontists. We stay up-to-date with the latest procedures, trends, and best practices in the field. We meet strict standards and regulation and take pride in our welcoming and hygienic environment.
And this is not just us bragging about how great we are. Across the internet, you can find customer testimonials that speak volumes about our service quality! We also snatched reputable awards and secured endorsements from seasoned professionals.
We are open to any question you may have, so contact our support team. Unlike many other clinics, we always take time to build relationships with the patients and give handy advice and guidance. Together, we can make the right call and tackle any oral health issue. So, go on, pick one of the treatment packages and use the payment method that suits you the most.
Start smiling now!