Correcting The Dental Alignment Issues You May Have Developed

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There are few dental procedures that will have a larger impact on your appearance than orthodontic treatments. These procedures can correct alignment and spacing issues with your teeth so that your smile will be as attractive as possible while also alleviating the functional issues that these alignment problems can create.

Traditional Metal Braces Are Not The Only Orthodontic Treatment Option

It can be understandable for individuals to assume that metal braces are the only orthodontic treatments that they will be able to use to alleviate their issues. The reality is that there are many other treatment options that can be used to address the alignment and spacing issues that are impacting your mouth. For those with minor to mild orthodontic treatment needs, there are clear retainers that can be used to gradually adjust the positioning of the teeth. These retainers can avoid the need for a patient to wear highly visible metal braces while still providing them with the results that they want. For those that have severe alignment issues, braces may be necessary to fully shift the positioning of the teeth. However, there are clear plastic braces that can be less visible when the patient smiles.

Regular Adjustments Are Needed For Any Orthodontic Treatments

Regardless of the orthodontic treatment that you are using to correct your smile, a series of regular adjustments will be needed. These adjustments can ensure that the braces or retainers are properly calibrated to provide the most effective results possible for the patient. Unfortunately, some individuals can be bad about attending these maintenance sessions, and this could lead to their treatments taking significantly longer to complete while also providing less than optimal results. Luckily, these adjustments are typically only needed once every month or two for most patients.

There Are Options To Help Keep The Adjustments Permanent

Once the desired results have been achieved and the braces are removed, there may be some initial shifting of the teeth. This process will typically only be temporary until the teeth adjust to being free of the retainers or braces. To minimize the amount of shifting that occurs, the orthodontist may use retainers. Some of these retainers may be removable, and it will be up to the patient to be diligent about wearing them. However, other retainers can be permanently placed in the mouth. This can be the most effective solution for preventing the teeth from shifting positions once the braces have been removed.

For more information on orthodontics, contact a professional near you.


12 August 2022

Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.