A beautiful smile and the self confidence that come with it are the most obvious benefits of orthodontic treatment. But what comes along with that beautiful smile are teeth that are easier to clean and a properly aligned bite to prevent abnormal tooth wear, inefficient chewing function and excessive stress on gum tissue and bone that support the teeth.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is to create a beautiful and healthy smile that will last a lifetime.
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, teeth are moved into a corrected position.
This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Braces and wires are less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort.
You can choose brackets that are clear or metal. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Clear removable aligners (Invisalign) can also be an option.