Not everyone is born with perfect teeth. But thankfully, there are options available to strengthen and align imperfect teeth. The orthodontist at Westerville Smiles is passionate about helping people achieve straight, aligned teeth so that they can smile with confidence.
Metal braces have traditionally been used to align crooked teeth. They are typically made of high-grade stainless steel. They have metal bands that wrap around the molars in the back and smaller brackets in the front that are cemented to the surfaces on the front side of the teeth. A springy, thin metal wire that runs through the brackets guides the teeth into proper position. It is called the archwire and can be fixed to the brackets using flexible elastics, metal ties or other types of clasps.
Traditional braces, as an orthodontic treatment, remain the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliance. There are many reasons why metal braces remain popular. They are reliable, effective and less expensive than other options. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter and more comfortable to wear than metal braces of the past. They are also available with colorful elastics and other modifications.
Clear braces provide a more discreet look. Invisalign are clear aligners that are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Instead of being bonded or cemented to the teeth, these clear braces are completely removable. Even though they should be worn as much as possible, they can be removed for important social occasions, for eating and for oral hygiene purposes. This benefit over traditional braces allows the wearer to continue the with the same routine of brushing and flossing his or her teeth.
Invisalign works by having a specialized computer software design a plan for the movement of teeth from their current position into the best possible alignment. This process is broken down into stages, and as the teeth slowly move toward the desired position new trays are manufactured and placed over the teeth during regular appointments with the orthodontist.
Comparing the types of braces; Invisalign results in better oral hygiene, a more discreet look, are more comfortable, the wearer has more dietary choices and teeth reach their desired position at a faster rate. Clear braces also serve as a nightguard for those who have a teeth-grinding habit or tend to clench their teeth. Traditional metal braces are time tested, can be modified to look more like an accessory and are easier on the wallet.
Westerville Smiles offers orthodontic treatments to fit your lifestyle. Contact our office to find out how we can give you straight teeth that you can really smile about.