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Different Orthodontic Treatment Options

Posted Feb 28 2011 3:57am

Uneven teeth can spoil one’s facial appearance and even adversely affect the overall health by creating chewing and digestion problems. Now different orthodontic treatment options are available for individuals belonging to all age groups, which can easily rectify complex tooth anomalies and provide a charming smile and improved looks.

Dental Braces– A Popular Orthodontic Treatment Option

Among the different orthodontic treatment options, procedures with orthodontic braces such as clear or white braces, stainless steel metal braces and Invisalign braces are most popular. Conventional metal braces available in different colors are mostly preferred by children.   Clear ceramic braces are translucent and therefore less noticeable. They are very smooth and sculptured, and ensure more comfort for the patients. Another feature is these braces don’t stain or discolor easily.   

Invisalign, the detachable braces are now widely preferred by adults and teenagers. These clear plastic aligners don’t have any metal wires or brackets, and so patients can undergo treatment without experiencing mouth abrasions and associated irritation. As these aligners are removable patients can eat, drink, brush and floss in the normal style. They can maintain better oral hygiene as well. Moreover, these braces are virtually invisible, so others hardly notice them.

Orthodontic braces align your teeth and move them to straighter positions by applying a mild pressure. Once the procedures with braces are completed, treatment options with retainers are adopted to permanently fix the teeth in their new position.

Duration of the Treatment

Orthodontic treatments can be completed within one to three years. However, duration and other related aspects can vary from case to case. During the treatment, patients are advised to consult the orthodontist every four to eight weeks. This would help the doctor to evaluate the treatment progress and make adequate modifications as required.

What You Gain from the Treatment

Apart from enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, these different orthodontic treatment options can effectively correct problems with bad bites and other tooth abnormalities. Dental malocclusions including openbites, crossbites, overbites, underbites, protruding teeth, extensively spaced teeth and overcrowded teeth can be rectified safely.

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