How to Straighten Teeth

If your teeth have developed in less-than-optimal positions, getting them into their proper places requires treatment by an orthodontist. Orthodontic care, including a host of different braces, can straighten your teeth permanently for the benefit of your smile and oral health. Here is more about how to achieve straight teeth.

How Braces Work

Teeth are held firmly in place by the jaws, ligaments, and other tissues, so changing their positioning requires extended and continuous pressure. This action is performed with braces, which progressively match the form of the ideal smile as treatment nears completion. Treatment can last from a few months to a few years, depending on the patient. Regardless of the length of the treatment time, when it is completed, patients can enjoy the attractive, healthier results for a lifetime. .

Many Options Available

Several types of orthodontic treatment are available today. Our office provides traditional metal braces, but it also offers newer options, such as ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign. Ceramic and lingual braces are similar to metal braces in that they have brackets and wires. However, ceramic braces are made of tooth-tinted ceramic, and lingual braces go behind the teeth instead of in front. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are removable, as well as comfortable. Candidacy can vary based on treatment needs and age group, but many patients have more than one option when it comes to orthodontic appliances.

Getting braces can give you more confidence and lower risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss for life. Over time, these improvements may even save you money on dental expenses. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out about your own candidacy for orthodontics.