Have you ever noticed that you are reluctant to smile at times because you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth? If so, you should consider a visit to Dr. Pack, your go-to orthodontist in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, to see if you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. We can help with conditions such as overbites, underbites, and crooked or twisted teeth. By the time the braces come off, you will have a smile that makes you happy.
Braces work by exerting just enough pressure on the teeth to move them into the targeted location over time. During this period, our orthodontist will be closely monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments in the amount of tension the braces are exerting on the teeth. Dr. Pack offers a variety of braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment, which you will be able to explore during your consultation.
Traditional braces begin with brackets that are placed on the front of the teeth. They are connected together by arch wires that serve the purpose of guiding the movement of the teeth. While they are traditionally metal, patients can also opt for ceramic braces that are available to reduce the level of visibility. However, the metal braces that are used today are smaller, more comfortable and less conspicuous than the ones that were used several years ago.
Ceramic braces work just like metal braces. The only difference is that the brackets match the color of the teeth. This makes them less noticeable and, consequently, more popular. If fact, it is often the most popular type of braces among adult patients.
Individuals who want something even less noticeable than ceramic braces may be able to choose clear aligners as an alternative, depending on the severity of the teeth. For those who can get the best results with these aligners, they provide some advantages over braces. First, they are practically invisible to the point that other people are not likely to notice them. They can also be removed for things like brushing and flossing, as well as to clean the retainers themselves. They also provide the ability to eat foods that might easily get stuck in traditional braces.
With clear aligners such as the ones used in the Invisalign® system, periodic adjustments in the tension are not necessary. Instead, they are replaced every couple of weeks with the new aligner having the adjustment already built into it.
If you are a resident of the Murfreesboro or Shelbyville area and would like to improve your smile, contact Pack Orthodontics to schedule your initial appointment. Our orthodontist will be able to provide you with the best orthodontic treatment for you.