Anyone who has had braces is familiar with orthodontics… Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry where the Orthodontists aims for the proper balance between your teeth and the surrounding facial muscle. To put it simply, the goal of orthodontics is to straighten and align teeth.
During a mouth examination, dentists can identify the proper or ideal placement for teeth. If your teeth are growing in an uneven way or in a pattern that’s not best for your mouth, they may recommend the use of a corrective appliance.
The most common treatment when significant uneven alignment is braces. Braces, along with wire and elastic bands help guide your teeth into a proper position.
These days, there are alternatives that do not involve braces, wires and elastic. Though not suitable for all patients and situations, these alternative corrective appliances can be very useful in the right situation.
“Invisible braces” made popular by Hollywood celebrities, like Invisalign (used by Dental Care Professionals), are transparent retainer style corrective appliances that progressively over time change the alignment of your teeth.
In the past, Orthodontists would mostly treatment teenagers but today, many adults who desire straighter teeth, have access to teeth straightening options.
To find out what your options for straighter teeth might be and to have any questions answered, speak with your dentist.