Orthodontics: An Overview
People with straight teeth typically have better oral hygiene habits and overall dental health. This is because straight teeth are easier to keep clean and are more effective in biting, chewing, and speaking properly. Orthodontic solutions can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile. The most common form of orthodontic treatment is the use of traditional braces to help straighten teeth, remove gaps, and correct your bite pattern.
Braces help patients resolve issues with their jaw and teeth alignment while also assisting those who desire cosmetic improvements. Today’s modern braces are less noticeable and more comfortable than ever. As your trusted dentist in Laurel, MD, we are happy to provide you with orthodontic treatment options as a part of our cosmetic dentistry solutions to help you achieve the best version of your smile.
Modern Orthodontic Treatment
There have been many advances in orthodontic treatment in the past few years. Even if you aren’t eligible for Invisalign treatment, modern braces are much less noticeable than in the past. Brackets are smaller and more low-profile, making them more comfortable as well. At our office, we constantly are researching and learning about the latest technology. We utilize this knowledge to provide the best, most comfortable treatment possible for our patients.
Traditionally, messy impression putty needed to be used to get accurate impressions for orthodontic treatment. It was hard to get an accurate impression for patients that had a gag reflex and other problems. Modern technology allows us to take digital impressions. They’re much quicker and more comfortable for our patients. We’re able to get a complete, 3D picture of your smile, and a more accurate impression to utilize for orthodontic treatment.
There are many different types of braces available, too. Sometimes, braces are necessary over Invisalign to correct more severe orthodontic problems. But clear brackets, ceramic braces, and lingual braces may all be options for you. Clear brackets and ceramic braces are less visible than traditional metal. Lingual braces are still the metal brackets you may be familiar with, but they’re placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front.
Our patients often have several questions regarding our orthodontic solutions. We are happy to go over all of your orthodontic treatment options with you at your next appointment. Here are the most commonly asked questions about our orthodontic treatments:
How long will I need to have braces?
This depends largely on the current condition of your smile. Orthodontic treatments can last as few as six months but may take three years or more to complete in our more severe cases. When you receive an orthodontic treatment plan from our doctors, we will give you a time estimate for your treatment. You will also come to see us regularly throughout your treatment plan so that we can monitor your progress and provide a more accurate time estimate.
Can anyone get braces?
Patients at any age can get traditional braces. We suggest that children have their first orthodontic consultation no later than 7 years old so that parents are informed of what is ahead. Patients often receive orthodontic treatment between 10-14 years old, while facial features are still growing and therefore are more susceptible to straightening solutions. However, it is not uncommon for adults and even seniors to undergo orthodontic treatments.
Is there an alternative to metal braces?
Yes. As a more discreet alternative to metal braces, our office offers the Invisalign clear aligner system. These aligners eliminate many of the hassles involved with wearing metal braces. Invisalign will align your teeth by using clear, plastic aligners that apply pressure to your teeth to slowly straighten them. A series of aligners will be custom-made for you by using impressions of your teeth.
The total number of aligners you need will depend on the desired results. Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next set. Your dentist will mention this option to you if they think you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Is 50 too old for braces?
Teeth can be aligned at any age. Patients can get braces regardless of their age. Teeth shift quicker in kids, but adults can undergo braces treatment and finish with aligned teeth.
Do teeth become weak after braces?
After braces treatment, there is a chance that the patient’s teeth are weaker. Orthodontic treatment shifts teeth into alignment. This usually strengthens and stabilizes a patient’s bite, however, there is a risk that patients’ gums become infected during treatment. During orthodontic treatment patients are more likely to get gum infections because it is harder to brush and clean their teeth and gums with braces.
Am I eligible for Invisalign to straighten my teeth?
Invisalign is one of the most desired methods of teeth straightening. It’s less noticeable compared to options like traditional metal braces. However, certain conditions can’t be effectively treated with Invisalign. In severe cases, metal braces are the best and only option for proper treatment. We’ll determine whether Invisalign is the right choice for you.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
Some discomfort should be expected when your teeth are moving and shifting. You’ll feel soreness for around four days after your braces are first placed and when they’re adjusted. For Invisalign, you’ll experience this when you change out your aligners. However, if you’re experiencing a sharper or severe pain, this is a warning sign that something is wrong. Call us to be seen as soon as possible.
Will braces discolor my teeth?
They will if your oral healthcare routine isn’t adequate. If you’re not taking proper care of your teeth while you have braces, white spots form on your teeth. White spots develop where the brackets of your braces were when you get them off. The area surrounding the bracket becomes discolored and yellow because of improper care. Be sure you’re brushing and flossing thoroughly, especially if you have braces.
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Our orthodontics solutions can help patients achieve faster results in a shorter amount of time. To learn more about your orthodontics options, visit Dr. Goyal in Laurel, MD today. Call us at 301-200-1315 or request an appointment online.