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Orthodontic Treatment Options

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Evan
Orthodontic Treatment OptionsOrthodontic treatment is the dental correction of misaligned, crowded, or crooked teeth. There are several reasons why people seek out orthodontic treatment; crooked teeth may make it harder to chew or bite into food. By seeking out orthodontic treatment, people can safeguard the long-term health of their teeth and jaw and restore confidence. Anyone is eligible for orthodontic treatment, but treatment for children must wait until their permanent teeth have grown. Different treatment options depend on the problem being fixed; braces, Invisalign, retainers, and surgery.

Dental Braces

Braces are an orthodontic treatment that aligns teeth. Traditionally, braces involve metal brackets and wires that are fixed to teeth. They apply pressure on the teeth, slowly shifting them into the correct position. There are several types of braces; traditional, ceramic, and lingual. Traditional braces are characterized by metal brackets and wires fastened to the teeth' surface. The second type of braces is ceramic braces. These braces are similar to traditional braces, but they are made with clear brackets that easily blend in with the natural color of the teeth. Unlike traditional and ceramic braces attached to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are blocked from view as they are attached to the inside of the teeth.


Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that seeks to align teeth with transparent plastic material. They are a customized treatment that slowly moves the teeth into position. Aligners are a detachable treatment option, but the patient is usually advised to wear them constantly and only remove them when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Invisalign is worn for one to two weeks before regular changing. The patient has to go for regular dental check-ups for progress monitoring.


Retainers are an after-care treatment for orthodontic treatment. They are meant to maintain the new shape of teeth. This prevents the teeth from shifting back to the crooked or misaligned position. They can either be removable or permanent, with the permanent option being attached to the back of the teeth.


Orthognathic surgery is recommended when a patient has severe dental deformities like overbites, underbites, crossbites, or facial asymmetry. A maxillofacial and orthodontist work together to correct the jaw for functional and aesthetic purposes.

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