Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the alignment of teeth and jaws, and is most commonly associated with the application of braces. Some of the more common issues that require orthodontic care are:
- Crooked teeth
- Open or deep bites
In their simplest form, traditional dental braces are brackets affixed to your teeth that are wired together to gradually adjust teeth that are out of position. We offer both metal and ceramic, tooth-colored brackets. Treatment varies from patient to patient, but braces are typically worn for 12-24 months and require check-ups every 4-6 weeks to make adjustments as the affected teeth move into their desired position.
Invisalign aligners are an alternative to traditional braces that use transparent plastic instead of brackets and wires. They’re created using a mold of your teeth, but are engineered to make minor adjustments. Each time your teeth move to fit the aligner, a new one is applied, making progressive adjustments until your teeth have reached their desired position.
Retainers are devices that help your teeth maintain their position after straightening. Most retainers are removable by hand, that is, you can take them out during the day and put them back in at night, but the type of retainer required will depend on the nature of treatment. Removable retainers will usually need to be worn every night at first, but may be worn less and less as time goes on, until they’re no longer required.
We’ll be sure to explain when and how to use your removable retainer, and following these instructions plays an important role in keeping your teeth in their post-treatment positions.