Many people visit the dentist for help with complications such as gum disease, cavities, or cleaning. However, dentistry is a very broad field and patients with certain teeth irregularities may need to follow up with an orthodontist.
Orthodontists are specialists who can help in managing abnormal positioning of the jaw and teeth. They can assist patients who need teeth straightening procedures and have problems related to their bite alignment.
If you are looking for orthodontic services around Tempe, A Great Smile Arizona and Dr. Thomas are more than happy to help you improve the general appearance and function of your teeth.
What is Orthodontics?
An orthodontist is a dentist who is trained to diagnose, treat and prevent jaw and teeth irregularities. If you have large spaces between your teeth or a bad bite, then you may need to consult a dentist who has specialized in orthodontic care. Typically, orthodontists work with people of all ages including adults and children.
An improper bite can make your teeth more painful to floss or harder to reach, leading to poor oral hygiene. Orthodontics will ensure that your jaw and teeth are properly aligned, improve oral function, and straighten crooked teeth. A person may be born with a bad bite or malocclusion, or they may obtain it after some time through habits or injury. Whatever the problem may be, it is essential to treat it the right way.
What Services Do Orthodontists Provide?
Do not worry if you have crooked teeth since you can get orthodontic services to help you attain proper teeth alignment. Straight teeth can make your appearance appealing, boost your confidence and add charm to your smile. These orthodontic services you can get when you visit an orthodontist. Some of the common orthodontic service options include metal braces, Invisalign, lingual braces, ceramic braces, retainers, and more. When you visit the orthodontist, they will examine your teeth and will explain what services will work best for you.
Types of Braces
There are five main types of braces you can find on the market today which include lingual braces, self-ligating braces, ceramic braces, metal braces, and clear aligners like Invisalign.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and have been used for more than 100 years now. Earlier, these braces were very bulky but with the advance in time, these braces have become smaller, more comfortable, faster, and more effective.
Ceramic braces are constructed using clear-colored materials. They work similarly to metal braces but they are less visible and discreet. They are an affordable price when compared to metal braces.
Self-ligating braces work the same as ceramic and metal braces but they are available in a clear ceramic material. They also rely on a wire or brackets to move the teeth. The only difference is that they use clips to hold the wire in place instead of elastic rubber ties.
Lingual Braces, also known as inside braces, are attached to the backside of each tooth. A wire connects the brackets and pulls the misaligned teeth into position.
Lastly, clear aligners are another type of braces. These have increased in popularity in the last decade since they are transparent and clear, removable and require less appointments in some cases.
How Do Braces Work?
Tooth roots are surrounded by bone. When a consistent and steady outside force is applied to your teeth for a long time, the bone on one side of the tooth is removed by blood cells and there is a newly laid bone on the other side of the tooth. This allows the tooth to have a new path that is offered by the bone.
When you place braces on your teeth, they place consistent pressure on the teeth. The pressure will signal the blood cells to begin removing the bone from the current position and then build bone to a new position depending on the pressure and direction the teeth want to go. Over time the brackets and wires will make your teeth move into an ideal position for a happy and healthy smile.
How Long Do Braces Take?
The average amount of time that most people need to wear braces is between one to three years. However, you may need them for a longer or shorter amount of time depending on some circumstances. The orthodontist is the only person who truly knows how long you will need braces and they will keep updating you on the progress during your appointments. Some factors that impact how long you need to wear braces include your bite, how crooked your teeth are, types of braces, diet, and lifestyle.
What is Invisalign?
If you are thinking about straightening your teeth, you can consider getting Invisalign clear aligners. They are custom-made clear braces that cover the teeth and will gently pull them to the right position. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign has no wire or metal brackets and are made from BPA-free plastic. Both adults and teenagers can wear Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is nearly invisible, appealing to patients, and doesn't obscure your smile. However, it requires a high level of patient compliance. Invisalign has a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. They gently straighten and shift your teeth to the proper position. After approximately two weeks, you start using another set of trays that will continue to straighten your teeth.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
Invisalign is an ideal solution and highly effective treatment for teenagers and adults who want a virtually invisible method for improving their smiles. It requires less maintenance and no wires and brackets are needed, making it more comfortable.
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Many people consider orthodontics whenever they want to improve the appearance of their smile. At A Great Smile Arizona, we are proud to be a certified orthodontic services provider. Our goal is to give you the healthiest and the most beautiful smile we can while providing you with the personal care you deserve.
If you have any more questions or concerns, schedule an orthodontics appointment today by clicking here or calling us at (480) 672-0007.