All I Want for Christmas is Straight Teeth
As the winter months approach, you may be considering what you’d like to receive as holiday gifts. If you suffer from a dental misalignment, you may have only one desire for Christmas– straighter teeth.
Teeth don’t generally properly align on their own. An appropriate orthodontic treatment is required.
Nowadays, teeth can be straightened quickly and discreetly. Here are a few orthodontic options that may help your Christmas wishes come true.
The Invisalign system has become a preferred treatment for many teens and adults who need to have their dental alignment corrected. The system uses aligning trays that are made of clear plastic.
Throughout the treatment process, the trays, which are called aligners, are worn like customized mouth guards. Multiple sets of aligners are required to progressively shift the teeth into proper position. The aligners are worn for a week or two before being replaced by the next prescribed set in the treatment plan. After the final set of aligners has been worn for the suggested time, the teeth should be properly positioned.
The Invisalign aligners are specifically designed for each individual patient. They are created from a mold of the patient’s mouth. Thus, each treatment with Invisalign is fully customized.
Invisalign is often preferred because of its removability, which makes brushing and flossing easy. Additionally, the transparency of the aligners makes the application barely noticeable throughout the course of treatment.
The best candidates for Invisalign are patients with mild to moderate alignment issues who have fully grown palates. Thus, the Invisalign treatment is most suitable for teen and adult patients.
Damon System Braces
For orthodontic patients who want to minimize their treatment time, Damon system braces are usually a great option. The braces can straighten the teeth months faster than traditional braces.
The efficiency of the Damon braces is due to the bracket style of the appliance. Traditional braces require elastic bands to connect the archwire of the braces to the brackets. With Damon braces, no elastic bands are needed. The lack of elastic bands reduces the friction created by the alignment process. Friction counteracts the alignment forces applied by the braces, prolonging the treatment time and necessitating a greater amount of aligning pressure to move the teeth.
The brackets of Damon braces are self-ligating. Instead of requiring bands to hold the archwire in place, the brackets contain small holes through which the archwire is fed. Since there are no elastic bands rubbing against the brackets and archwire, the friction involved in the aligning process is significantly lessened.
Damon braces are also smaller and consequently more discreet than traditional metal braces. However, for patients who desire a truly discreet treatment process but still desire the efficiency of the Damon system, Damon clear braces may be preferred.
Damon Clear Braces
Damon Clear braces are made of a clear material that is difficult to see against the backdrop of the teeth. In fact, people who wear Damon Clear braces may not look like they are wearing braces at all. Still, the clear braces work just as well as the metal Damon braces.
The clear braces are also stain-resistant, so they are unlikely to become discolored as they are exposed to the pigments in the foods and beverages that the patient ingests.
The Simpli5 system is a relatively new way to achieve straighter teeth. Simpli5 uses five trays to gradually reposition the teeth and works well to align the teeth in the front of the mouth that are visible when a patient smiles.
Like the Invisalign aligners, the trays of the Simpli5 system are created from impressions of the patient’s oral cavity. The best candidates for the Simpli5 system include people with minor to moderate crowding or gapping,
In some cases, patients have alignment and bite issues. The bite issues may be due to misaligned jaws. Although an orthodontic treatment may be sufficient to correct the misalignment of the teeth, the jaw misalignment may require a surgical correction.
Surgical orthodontics usually require the use of braces before and after the surgical correction of the jaw misalignment. Once the treatment is complete, the patient typically enjoys straighter teeth, improvements in mastication, a more attractive facial structure, and even a reduction in breathing problems.
If you are ready to enjoy the gift of straight teeth, contact our Tallahassee, FL office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark.