These are not your mother’s braces.
Orthodontics concern the treatment of malocclusion (improper bite), which may be caused by tooth irregularity and/or disproportionate jaw relationships. Left untreated, this condition can lead to speech impairment, headaches and other pain, even the inability to eat properly. Orthodontic treatment may focus solely on dental displacement, or can deal with control and modification of facial growth, depending on individual symptoms.
Regardless the cause, orthodontic appliances or “braces” are no longer the monstrosities your parents may remember from their youth. Modern orthodontia offers several options that are far less intrusive, painful and inconvenient. Let Dr. Weglos guide you through your options after an exam, so you can choose the option that’s just right for your situation and lifestyle.
- Metal Braces
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The most well-known and popular of contemporary bite correction methods, Invisalign uses a custom-made series of clear plastic aligners created just for you. These aligner trays are smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible, worn over your teeth. Wearing these aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
Traditional metal braces are indicated in cases where the needed correction is unusually severe, such as underbites, overbites, cross-bites and other issues that require strong, rigid correction. Modern metal braces are far less intrusive and uncomfortable than they used to be.
Following active orthodontic treatment, patients will typically wear retainers—removable guides—to help maintain the teeth in their improved positions while surrounding bone reforms around them. Retainers are generally worn full-time for a period from a few days to a year, then part-time (typically, nightly during sleep) for as long as the orthodontist recommends. There are also many reasons teeth will crowd as a person ages, requiring use of a retainer so teeth will stay aligned.
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