Most cases of malocclusion can be effectively treated with conventional orthodontic braces. First, small, metal brackets have to be attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. A special adhesive material is used to create a long-lasting bond between the hardware and enamel. Also made from durable metal, a thin arch wire is inserted into all of the brackets. The purpose of the wire is to create constant tension, which ultimately moves the teeth into designated positions. Elastic bands, ligatures, ties, hooks and rubber loops can also maintain precise pressure and tension on the teeth. Traditional braces have to be adjusted by our orthodontist in Oak Lawn or Frankfort on a monthly schedule. Some of the small pieces can be replaced, but brackets usually stay on for the entire duration of the treatment.
People who want the ultimate cosmetic benefits and convenience in orthodontics should consider getting invisible aligners. These devices are composed of a patented, medical-grade plastic that has unique properties. First, the material has a virtually transparent texture that allows light to penetrate through. Lightweight and smooth, a clear aligner causes minimal to no discomfort inside the mouth. Of course, the hardware can be taken out for various reasons, including eating, drinking and performing oral hygiene. Our orthodontists utilize 3D scanners to generate precise moldings and impressions of aligners for patients.
Your options for braces aren’t just traditional braces and clear aligners. We also have self-ligating and ceramic braces available. Both of these options have their own unique benefits, which can be discussed more in detail during a consultation at one of our offices.
Retainers for All Orthodontic Patients
Once a bad bite is corrected by braces or clear aligners, a retainer has to be worn for a certain length of time. An individual who has recently fixed a mild malocclusion might only need to wear a retainer daily for a year or two. The severity of a former bad bite usually dictates the wearing schedule of the retainer. This is a simple mouthpiece that’s engineered to maintain pressure on the gums and roots of teeth that are in relatively new positions. The soft tissue in the mouth is very elastic and dynamic, so it might take some time for teeth to permanently settle down into desirable spots. Failure to wear a retainer often leads to a noticeable relapse.
Learn More About Your Options
Talk to our team at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics to learn more about the various types of braces we have available. We’d be happy to assist you at our office in Frankfort or Oak Lawn. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation!