A visit to an orthodontist is in order if you are dealing with teeth alignment issues like crooked teeth. These issues do not just diminish the appearance of your teeth, they also make it harder to properly clean them. This means people with poorly-aligned teeth are more likely to develop problems like tooth decay.
Fortunately, an orthodontist can help you correct teeth alignment issues and improve the appearance of your smile. Here is how that is often done:
Treatments performed by an orthodontist
Braces have been around for centuries and they remain the most effective way to deal with crooked teeth and other alignment issues. When the word "braces" is mentioned, the first thing that comes to most people's mind is traditional metal braces.
Traditional braces have two main parts: Metal brackets that are placed on each tooth and a metal wire that connects the brackets. Tightening the wires and the brackets exerts a force on the person's teeth, slowly pushing them into the desired alignment.
Braces have evolved a lot over the years. Traditional braces have become more aesthetic as they are designed to be smaller and less visible than their predecessors. Patients can also customize them with their favorite colors or logos.
Other types of braces have also emerged:
- Lingual braces are installed behind the patient's teeth, making them less visible
- Ceramic braces have tooth-colored brackets and transparent wires, making them hard to notice
With more subtle types of braces constantly being developed, these devices are here to stay.
2. Clear aligners
Clear aligners are the preferred option for many adults when it comes to straightening teeth. No one wants to have to constantly answer questions about brackets and wires on their teeth. Clear aligners make it possible to deal with teeth alignment issues without others even knowing you are getting orthodontic treatment.
The patient gets a series of transparent trays that are worn similarly to the way a mouthguard is worn. The tray pushes on the wearer's teeth, pushing it closer to the proper alignment. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before being switched with another tray that pushes the person's teeth a little bit closer to the final position.
Unlike braces, which cannot be removed by the patient once installed by a dentist, clear aligners can be easily removed for meals and cleaning sessions. It is a huge benefit that anyone who has ever worn braces will appreciate.
At times, an orthodontist might decide to remove a tooth if it is the cause of the patient's teeth being crooked. This is usually done if the person has crowded teeth. A tooth extraction can be combined with the use of an orthodontic device when dealing with crooked teeth.
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Regardless of what type of alignment issues you are dealing with, an orthodontist can come up with the right solution for you. Give us a call to learn more about how we deal with crooked teeth and other alignment problems.
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