Orthodontics refers to oral appliances, such as braces or clear alliances, that can straighten crooked teeth and correct malocclusion (a bad bite). These devices work by gradually pulling your teeth into a more desirable position. Not only do orthodontics treat the cosmetic concerns of crooked teeth, but they also improve your oral health and comfort.
Orthodontics can correct a wide range of common dental complaints, such as:
When left untreated, these conditions can negatively interfere with your oral health and comfort. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than misaligned teeth, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Correcting orthodontic issues like malocclusion also brings your upper and lower jaws into alignment to correct your bite. This improves how you chew and rest your jaw, which can help prevent and treat clenching disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and bruxism (teeth grinding).
At his office, Dr. Albelais offers two safe, effective types of orthodontics:
Traditional metal braces include metal brackets, which adhere to your teeth, and a metal wire that runs through. As the wire tightens, it pulls the brackets to shift your teeth into a new position. Braces are highly effective at treating all orthodontic concerns, including severe malocclusions. However, they are fixed, apparent, and can take about 18 months to three years to work.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that corrects mild to moderate concerns with clear aligners. These custom-made appliances work in the same way as braces, through gradual force. The main difference is that clear aligners are translucent, removable, and take about 6-18 months to work effectively.
The Invisalign process is digital, so Dr. Albelais can make adjustments or improvements in your plan directly through the Invisalign software. This means fewer in-office visits because you don’t need tightening appointments.
Dr. Albelais can help determine the appropriate orthodontic treatment for you after performing a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and bite.
To learn more about orthodontics, call Albelais Dental Corporation or schedule an appointment online now.