Orthodontics uses custom oral appliances, like brackets, wires, and rubber bands, or removable oral aligners to improve the position of your teeth and jaw. When your teeth and jaw are properly aligned, they’re easier to take care of. Properly aligned teeth are also more aesthetically pleasing, allowing you to smile confidently.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, the team uses orthodontics to treat various issues, including:
You might also benefit from treatment with orthodontics if you have a misaligned or a malpositioned jaw that affects your ability to bite or chew comfortably.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, the team offers several types of orthodontics, including:
Metal braces use thin archwires, brackets, and rubber bands to place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw. Over time, that pressure causes your teeth to change position, making your smile appear more balanced and symmetrical.
Invisalign aligners are clear, plastic mouthpieces that fit snugly over your teeth. They’re made of a plastic called SmartTrack® that’s free of BPA, latex, and gluten, making it safe for pregnant women as well as people with allergies. Invisalign is safe for people of all ages, including children and teens, and provides stunning results.
The length of time that orthodontic treatment takes depends on several factors, including your commitment to your orthodontist’s care plan, your age, and the severity of the issues treated. Most people finish orthodontic treatment within eight to 12* months, but it can take longer.
When you finish wearing your metal braces or Invisalign aligners, you transition to a retainer. A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that prevents your teeth from moving out of their new position.
Orthodontic treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it takes some getting used to. The first few days or weeks that you wear braces or a removable oral aligner, it’s normal to experience some mild pain and increased tooth sensitivity.
The team at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry recommends taking over-the-counter pain medication or applying an ice pack to your cheek.
To explore the benefits of orthodontics, make an appointment at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry. Call the office to speak with a member of the friendly care team or click the online scheduler tool today.
*Individual results may vary.