When it comes to straightening your teeth, you have many different treatment options to pick from. Finding the right treatment for you or a loved one is not that difficult. We have helped many Oak Lawn residents select the best type of braces for their individual needs and goals.
Although many improvements and innovations have been made in other systems, traditional metal braces still have their role. They are now sleeker and less obtrusive than before, but a certain unfair stigma remains when it comes to conventional braces. However, metal braces remain the fastest and least expensive way to shift teeth into their proper locations.
The brackets and wires system used with conventional brackets and wires were quite noticeable in the past. They were very intrusive and a source of annoyance to those who wore them. The metal braces of today are significantly smaller and less prominent than in the past. Recent innovations have led to the development of wires that shift teeth faster with less discomfort than previously. Teenagers can even select their favorite colors for the rubber bands required by the system, allowing for a personalization that was previously unavailable.
Lingual braces are very similar to conventional metal braces, but are affixed to the inside of your bite, not the outside. They make an effective choice for shifting teeth, but are virtually invisible when viewed from the outside.
In spite of their effectiveness, lingual braces can be somewhat difficult to clean because of their placement. They can also make it more difficult to talk and take longer to shift your teeth.
The Invisalign system is the most effective and common type of invisible braces available. Although they do not make the best fit for each and every patient, they have an undeniable appeal to many people. For one thing, the aligners used in the system are completely removable, allowing for convenient cleaning. You will not have to sacrifice your favorite foods and snacks with the Invisalign system.
The Invisalign system works very differently from other forms of teeth straightening. No brackets and wires are required. The system relies upon a series of clear aligners that will eventually straighten your teeth. These clear aligners are formed from a special type of plastic that is virtually invisible and fits snugly over your teeth.
Every week or two, you will shift to a new set of aligners. Each successive set of clear aligners will gradually shift your teeth into their new positions until you achieve the smile that you desire.
To learn more about your options or to schedule your consultation contact Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics today! We are conveniently located in Oak Lawn and Frankfort, IL.