When it comes to treatments for teeth straightening, you have a wide variety of options available to you. Selecting the right kind of braces for your individual situation need not be difficult. Your consultation with us will help you decide the exact type of braces that are the best fit for your needs and goals. They will help shift your teeth into their proper alignment and give you the beautiful smile that you desire. Out of all of the various types of braces that you could select, some are certainly more appropriate than others.
Familiar to almost any teenager, or former teenager, conventional metal braces have two main parts: the metal brackets that are affixed to your teeth and the wire running through the brackets that applies pressure to the teeth to shift them into their desired alignment.
Most teenagers get traditional braces since they are able to quickly move teeth into their ideal locations. Metal braces have undergone somewhat of an upgrade in recent years. Formerly, the wires and brackets used were very prominent and annoying to the wearer. Today’s metal braces are less noticeable and smaller than in the past. Innovations in the wires also allow for quicker shifting of teeth and less discomfort.
At one time, ceramic braces were quite popular for teeth straightening compared to metal braces. The materials are formed from ceramic that is the same color as the teeth. Wires are also used that match the patient’s tooth color, so the process is virtually invisible.
Self-ligating braces are much like conventional metal and ceramic braces in that they use brackets and wires. They also use brackets that have doors or clips that maintain a grip on the wire instead of the rubber band system used by conventional braces.
Invisalign® is a form of teeth straightening that is quite common and effective. Although it is not for everyone, it does offer some benefits, including the advantage of being able to remove the aligners used in the treatment. The treatment is also exceptionally discreet.
Take a moment to book an appointment at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics in Oak Lawn or Frankfort to learn more about braces and your other teeth straightening options. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic appointment.