Orthodontics is a broad medical specialty that covers a lot of avenues in the practice of oral health, including but not limited to the teeth, gum, and nerves. Its main focus is in the straightening of teeth, correcting bites and occlusion. To learn more about orthodontics and the variety of ways it can benefit your smile, read on!
Band & Bracket Orthodontics
Bands and brackets both act like anchors in the mouth that help keep the wires from the braces that run along the teeth secured. The brackets are placed on the back of the teeth, which is especially helpful for patients that don’t want their braces to be seen. As for the bands, they are placed on the back molars. Not everyone needs bands, but for those who do, it is important to take care of them, mostly making sure that they don’t come loose or damage the teeth.
Not everyone is a candidate for bands and brackets, which is why it is important that you set up an appointment with your dentist to discuss the best options for you.
Do you need braces but don’t like the looks that you get with them? Ceramic braces are clear braces that help to straighten misshapen teeth or fill in gaps in the mouth without gaining all the wrong attention. They are made up of tooth-colored ceramic brackets that adhere to the top of the teeth. In fact, the only difference between ceramic braces and traditional braces is that one is made of metal and the other is not. Just like with traditional braces, you will see the same results with ceramic braces. Plus, they are more durable and will draw little attention since they are close in color with your natural teeth, improving your smile and your confidence!
Invisalign are clear aligners that straighten your teeth, similar to braces, but without drawing unnecessary attention to your smile in the process. Quick, affordable, and pain-free; Invisalign aligners are a great way to get the smile that you’ve always wanted!
Some advantages of Invisalign are:
- Virtually invisible
- Little to no food restrictions
- Removable for eating and brushing teeth
- Easy maintenance
- No brackets or braces
- Able to wear or remove during sports, playing instruments, etc.
The only way to see quick results is by wearing these aligners every day and should only be removed when you eat, brush, floss, etc. Once your teeth start moving in the right direction, the aligners will be switched out. This will continue until they reach the correct placement. After you are finished with your aligners, a retainer will be made to prevent the teeth from reverting back to where they once were. To ensure that your smile stays on the right track, there will be routine checkups after, but it will all be worth it once you have the smile of your dreams!
If you live in the Orland Park, IL area, contact our office today and start the transformation to a better, healthier mouth!