Even though braces are common among teenagers, getting them is a new orthodontic experience for every patient. Teens and their parents tend to have many questions about braces and other orthodontic treatments for teens, when to get braces, and what having braces will be like. Here are some of the most common questions orthodontists hear…
What Cosmetic Orthodontics Can Do For Your Smile
Cosmetic orthodontics works to improve the function and appearance of misaligned teeth. This type of oral treatment helps to even out bite pressure across all teeth, which safeguards the long-term health of gums, teeth, and jaws.
Types of cosmetic orthodontics
Braces and aligners are used in cosmetic orthodontics to correct a crooked smile or misaligned bite. There are various types of braces available.
These braces are metal-free, using tooth-colored brackets rather than metallic silver so they are less noticeable in the mouth.
This correction alternative is comprised of a set of hard, clear plastic aligners that are specially tailored to the individual's mouth. They are popular because they are virtually invisible and physically comfortable, due to the lack of brackets or wires that sometimes irritate the mouth. They are also removable, taking away the inconvenience of having to avoid certain foods.
Also known as the FAAB technique, fast-acting adult braces are used for adults with fully grown teeth. Used on the anterior teeth only, the treatment time is significantly reduced to enhance the smile and correct misalignments.
This set of transparent plastic aligners is used to fix minor issues with misaligned teeth. The aligners do not use metal wires, bars, or brackets.
Important questions about cosmetic orthodontics
Many adults who desire straight teeth would like orthodontic treatment but are hesitant to wear braces because they feel they are too old for them or do not want the appearance of braces to affect their personal or professional life. The following questions are common among adults considering cosmetic orthodontics.
Who needs cosmetic orthodontics?
There is not an age limit for adults when it comes to getting their teeth straightened. Modern technology has eliminated many of the issues that traditionally prevent adults from seeking orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic orthodontics is a fitting solution for those with crowded teeth, crooked teeth, protruding front teeth, or misaligned bites that cause jaw problems or headaches. Even those who had braces in their younger years can benefit from cosmetic orthodontics later on.
How long does treatment take?
For many patients, cosmetic orthodontic treatment may be completed in six months or less. The exact time required depends on the desired amount of movement and the selected appliances.
Is cosmetic orthodontics painful?
Orthodontic appliances always require a period of adjustment that may cause discomfort, but actual pain is generally minimal and short-lived. Usually, the level of discomfort is minor and can be effectively addressed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How do you take care of your teeth after cosmetic orthodontics?
Oral hygiene requires extra attention when appliances are in use, but the correct tools make this a manageable process. Electric toothbrushes, water picks, fluoride rinses, and floss threaders make it easy to take care of the teeth and keep them free from cavities.
Cosmetic orthodontics uses modern technological advances to correct crooked teeth and misalignments using discreet appliances and techniques that can transform a smile at any age.
If your bite is misaligned or your smile does not meet your expectations, call our office for more information about cosmetic orthodontics today.
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