There are very few people who are lucky enough to avoid ever requiring orthodontic treatment. The difficult part is knowing or deciding which type of orthodontics is best for you and who to see to perform that treatment. Nowadays, with changing technologies and new innovations, there are several types of orthodontic appliance on offer.
Traditional braces are still around, but they now come in both metal and ceramic (clear) versions. Metal braces are made from a high-grade stainless steel and are now smaller in profile than previously. The brackets are bonded to the teeth surfaces with cement, which holds them firmly in place. The brackets are linked using a thin arch wire. This applies pressure to the teeth in order to move them into the desired position.
Palatal/Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces but they are cemented to the inside surfaces of your teeth, making them not visible at all. These braces are specifically custom made for your teeth and come with a custom-made series of wires. Your speech may be slightly affected by these braces, being on the tongue side of your teeth.
Invisalign is a relatively new type of orthodontic treatment that has been designed to perform similarly to braces and achieve similar, if not the same, results. This treatment involves a series of custom-made clear trays, which are worn 20+ hours a day and removed for eating, drinking and cleaning. Each time you change your aligner/tray (on average every 2 weeks), your teeth are moved slightly more by the slow pressure being applied. Invisalign is very popular among adults and is also available for teenagers.
Choosing the right orthodontic treatment for you
The decision as to which is the best orthodontic treatment does not need to be made solely on your own. An orthodontist is a trained dental specialist. Their expertise lies in the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities to help correctly align teeth, bites and jaws, including straightening teeth. By attending a consultation, you can let them guide you towards which options are suitable for you and your lifestyle.