Malocclusion or misalignment of teeth is one of the most commonly encountered oral conditions in the United States. Thousands of individuals seek treatment from dentists to get their teeth aligned properly, every year. This highlights the importance of the alignment of the teeth in flaunting a beautiful smile.
Orthodontics specifically deals with diagnosing and correcting the misalignment of the teeth. Failing to get the condition treated at the right time can lead to further complications, such as a change in facial shape, persistent pain in the jaws, TMJ disorder, difficulty in brushing the teeth, etc. Dr. Violet has treated numerous patients with malocclusion over her long-spanning career. She would carefully diagnose your condition and suggest a treatment method that would be best for you.
Popular orthodontic appliances
- Traditional metal braces: Conventional braces are composed of metal brackets and wires. The brackets will be attached to the surface of the teeth using dental adhesives. The wires run through the brackets and apply pressure on the teeth in a controlled manner. This way, they help to move them to their desired positions. The wires can be loosened or tightened to vary the pressure applied on the teeth.
- Ceramic or clear braces:Clear braces work using the same principle as that of conventional braces, but the difference between them is the material from which the brackets are made of. In the case of clear braces, the brackets are either made from a transparent plastic or tooth-colored ceramic. The wires can also be customized to stay in disguise. Patients who prefer a much aesthetic option can go for ceramic braces.
- Damon braces: Damon braces look just like any other regular metal braces. But, they differ in terms of their working principle. They are composed of brackets that have sliding hinges. The wire can be inserted into the hinge and locked, thereby allowing the wires to stay in position but still slide freely. This reduces the forces applied on the teeth by several folds as they are ‘self-ligating’.
- Invisalign: Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic aligner that is made from a clear plastic material. Since the material used is absolutely transparent and free from any metal parts, you can wear them comfortably without having to be conscious of revealing your orthodontic treatment. Another advantage of Invisalign is that it can be taken off whenever you have to brush your teeth or eat food. This way, you wouldn’t have to worry about the food getting stuck in between the aligners or the inability to brush the teeth thoroughly.
Call us at (562) 698-9621 or schedule an online appointment to know more about orthodontic treatment from Dr. Violet.