By Suter Orthodontics
February 09, 2015
Category: Clear Braces
Tags: invisalign  

InvisalignBoth children and adults may have teeth that don't bite together correctly or are crowded, crooked, and overlapping. Upper and lower jaws may be misaligned. Don not fear, this is where state of the art orthodontics comes in. This branch of dentistry uses braces to help bring teeth into the proper alignment which nature intended, helping the child or the adult:

  • speak and eat properly
  • have teeth that wear evenly over the years
  • feel confident in how they look when they smile

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be screened by an orthodontist, a dentist who has had specialized training in re-aligning teeth, by age 7 to catch any issues early on and to plan treatment if necessary. Many adults, too, think about braces because they are dissatisfied with previous orthodontic correction or have never sought a change in how their smiles look and function.

What Kind of Braces Are Used Today?

Traditional metal bracket and wire braces are still the most common kind used on children, teenagers and adults. Durable and cost-sparing, metal braces successfully address many kinds of alignment and correction issues. Brackets are bonded or cemented directly to the teeth, may have colored ligatures or rubber bands and are connected by arch wires. Together with the laws of physics, these appliances apply pressure gradually over time to move teeth to a healthier and more attractive position. Some orthodontists and patients opt for tooth-colored ceramic brackets which less obvious but accomplish the same treatment goals.

Some dentists use clear plastic braces, more accurately termed aligners, for teens and adults who require minimal correction to their smiles. Aligners are not used on children. These plastic braces resemble the trays used in dental whitening procedures. The aligners are removable, worn by the patient most of the day and taken out for meals and brushing and flossing. Aligners are changed out every 2 to 3 weeks as the teeth are moved into a more favorable position. Typical treatment times range from 9 to 18 months.

Are Clear Braces Right For You?

A consultation with an experienced dentist or orthodontist can help answer the question. Together, doctor and patient should discuss what can be expected from orthodontic treatment. The advantage to clear braces is that they are almost invisible, a characteristic that appeals to teens and to many adults as well. However, clear aligners are not appropriate for more complex orthodontic problems. Traditional metal braces can work for both the simplest to the most difficult of tooth alignment and bite issues.

Consult an Experienced Orthodontist

Scott Suter, DDS MS, PC, knows that a healthy and properly aligned smile boosts the self-confidence of any individual, whether it be child, teen or adult. He has many years of orthodontic experience in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area and will help you achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted for you or your child. For a consultation, call Suter Orthodontics at 719-550-0222.