When it comes to the available orthodontic treatments at our office in Oak Lawn, we offer way more than just traditional braces. During a consultation with us, we can examine your teeth and help you determine which form of treatment is likely to give you the best results.
A Note About Traditional Braces
The oldest form of treatment involves braces that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Made from a durable metal, brackets are bonded to enamel by a special cement. Also made from a thin but robust metal, arch wires are connected to all of the brackets. Coil springs and elastic ties might also be inserted into the brackets. Additionally, metallic hooks and bands are usually installed on the largest molars. The orthodontist precisely adjusts all of the hardware in order to create the ideal tension and pressure for gradual movement of desired teeth.
Some patients might customize their traditional braces by selecting attractive designs for the brackets and other parts. It’s surely possible to make some bold fashion statements by wearing braces that include colorful finishes with custom textures. Teenagers and adolescents often choose unique color schemes that represent school or college motifs. Wearing traditional braces that are personalized can be a great way to show school pride. However, we have other types of orthodontic treatments available for patients who prefer something a little more discreet.
Orthodontic brackets are available in ceramic, which usually has a distinct frosted texture that resembles the natural color of enamel. Patients should maintain excellent oral hygiene in order to prevent staining and other unwanted discoloration of the nearly “invisible” ceramic brackets. However, this treatment has definite benefits, with the main one being discretion. The braces are not nearly as noticeable in the mouth. This is very appealing to many people, especially teens and adults.
Orthodontic patients who want the ultimate convenience and aesthetic appeal usually opt for invisible aligners via Invisalign®. These modern appliances are made from special plastic materials that are transparent. The aligners are essentially custom mouthpieces that are molded according to the unique bite formations of patients. Clear aligners are not designed to correct severe forms of crowding and bad bites. These challenging conditions might actually require other orthodontic treatments.
Learn More During a Consultation
Our team at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics can help you determine which types of orthodontic treatments are best for addressing your unique situation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started on the road to a beautiful, healthy smile!