Timely orthodontic treatment not only improves the appearance of your smile; it can also optimize the structure and the function of your smile. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists offer a number of orthodontic options to help our patients achieve their dental goals. Keep reading to get more information about how various orthodontic options work.
Traditional orthodontics move teeth using brackets, which are attached to the patient’s teeth, and wires, which link the brackets together. As the wire is tightened, the patient’s teeth move into alignment. This type of orthodontic treatment is tried and true; it is used to achieve all kinds of results: correcting bite problems, closing gaps between teeth, and straightening crowded teeth.
Many people are good candidates for traditional orthodontic treatment. If you are dealing with existing dental damage or infections, our dentists may recommend that you treat these issues before moving forward with orthodontic care.
Another type of orthodontic treatment is early ortho; this dental solution is specifically geared toward pediatric patients. Early ortho allows our dental team to make sure that there will be enough room along the patient’s gum line for permanent teeth to emerge. Effective early ortho minimizes the patient’s risk of suffering from bite problems, jaw damage, premature tooth deterioration, gum disease, and tooth loss.
An increasingly popular orthodontic treatment in our office is Invisalign. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces; rather than moving teeth with brackets and wires, Invisalign improves dental alignment through customized clear plastic aligners. The dental patient wears a series of resin aligners throughout the treatment process—each aligner puts pressure on the teeth to move them a little more. People love Invisalign because it is discreet (the plastic aligners are clear), comfortable, and patient-friendly (it is easy to care for your smile and keep up with your regular routine while undergoing Invisalign).
If you want to learn more about your treatment options, please contact our Cheney orthodontic dentists.