Overview of Orthodontic Procedures
Why Do I Need Orthodontics?
Misaligned teeth can often lead to more problems than just embarrassing smiles – they can lead to receding gums, difficulty in maintaining basic dental care and increased risk of cavities (among a variety of other potential troubles). Thus, in cases of malocclusion (which is the scientific word for misaligned teeth), adult or not, straightening your teeth using orthodontic braces may be the right thing to do. And now, with ever increasing dental awareness, adults have a plethora of options before them when it comes to dental braces which could straighten their teeth (and possibly their enhance their career and improve self-confidence!).
Ideal Alignment and Occlusion
So what to choose? Ceramic braces? Invisalign? Traditional metal? Golden metal? Self-ligating brackets? What about Lingual braces? These days, there are many choices available and it gets confusing! Which type of braces should you choose? Can you choose, or is it strictly up to your dentist?
Today, orthodontics treatment is different. Fortunately, metal bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded with an adhesive right to the front of the teeth. They’re much more comfortable, smaller in size, and much less noticeable!
The type of braces you need depends on a number of factors:
- The extent of your treatment, such as:
- The severity of your bite or tooth crookedness problems
- If extractions are necessary
- If jaw surgery is necessary
- If headgear or other special appliances are necessary
- The amount of time you will need to wear braces
- The preferences of your dentist or orthodontist
- How much you are willing to pay
- How long you will be in braces to correct your problems
- What you, yourself desire!
So you must ask yourself, would you feel embarrassed in metal? Are you only willing to straighten your teeth if Invisalign is used? Do you prefer the look of ceramic or sapphire? Or don’t you care, as long as the outcome is good?
At Nosehill Dental Centre we will help guide you and inform you of all the alternatives available so you can choose what is best for you and your smile!