Orthodontics is the specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion. Misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious, cause difficulties and pain when biting and chewing food, and even adversely affect the patency of your airway when you sleep. Our dentists at SmileHere Family Dental recommend treating alignment and bite issues as soon as possible to ensure you have a healthy oral cavity and a perfectly aligned smile.
Dental braces are widely used orthodontic appliances that treat teeth misalignment. They are used for various types of malocclusion from minor to complex. Braces are composed of metal brackets and wires, which gently apply constant pressure on the teeth to move them in a predetermined direction. The extent of pressure applied to the teeth can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the wires. This procedure is performed at regular intervals by the dentist. Recent advancements in orthodontics also allow us to make dental braces from tooth-colored or transparent materials, such as dental-grade ceramic or clear plastic.
ClearCorrect is a near-invisible orthodontic appliance that is made from a transparent, dental-grade plastic material. It looks pretty much like a retainer or a sports mouthguard and is custom-fabricated as required by the patient’s oral condition. ClearCorrect is a removable aligner, meaning you may take it off whenever you have to eat food, brush your teeth, play outdoor sports, etc. Based on the severity of your malocclusion, the treatment period may vary between a few months to a couple of years.
Retainers are used by patients who have completed their orthodontic care to make sure their teeth do not go back to their previous positions due to relapse. Various types of retainers are available, which will be provided by the dentist based on the type and severity of your malocclusion. Some of the common ones are Essix retainer, Hawley retainer, Fixed lingual retainer, etc.
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