Orthodontists do much more than just correct bad bites. In addition to aligning crooked or crowded teeth, these experts can make it easier for people to eat and speak. The benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment are endless, and we’ll make sure to tell you all about how you can get the most out of your treatment during a consultation at our office.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment Options
Traditional orthodontic solutions require patients to wear metal braces for a period that depends on the severity of the malocclusion. Brackets must first be installed on the teeth that are misaligned. Arch wires are then carefully connected to all of the brackets in order to maintain steady tension.
Some people might consider conventional metal braces to be too noticeable. Fortunately, there are simple alternatives, such as ceramic braces that match the natural color of the enamel. People who prioritize aesthetics during orthodontic treatment should consider getting clear braces. This form of orthodontic treatment is designed for discretion.
Cooperation with Orthodontists
Patients who wear braces must visit our office routinely in order to receive the appropriate adjustments. During each appointment, the tension in the arch wires is manipulated in order to pull the teeth into specific directions. Wires that are worn out or too thin might have to be replaced promptly. A thicker wire gauge can apply more pressure and ultimately speed up the alignment of the teeth.
When the Braces Come Off
When our orthodontist believes that a patient’s teeth have been adequately aligned, all of the hardware will be carefully taken off. First, the arch wires are untied from all of the brackets. Then, the brackets must be removed with special tools that minimize damage to the enamel. Another tool might also be used to remove any debris that remains on the surface of the teeth.
Once a person stops wearing braces, he or she will need to wear a retainer. This helps to ensure that the results are maintained. Wearing a retainer regularly after the braces come off is one of the best ways to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment.
If you live in the Murfreesboro, Shelbyville or surrounding areas and are considering orthodontic treatment, make an appointment to see our orthodontist at Pack Orthodontics. With locations in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, we are committed to helping patients achieve their dream smiles, whether it be through traditional braces, ceramic braces or some other form of orthodontic treatment. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation!