Braces at the Marconi Dental Group
Whether you’re a teen, a thirty-something or a baby boomer, the idea of getting braces, or orthodontics, is probably not on your top ten list of fun things to do. As you’ll learn, however, the braces of today are far more sophisticated than those of years past. The brackets used in braces can now be clear or tooth-colored. Your choice of band colors can reflect your personality, the season or can even show team spirit! In certain cases, Dr. Alizadeh can mount the brackets behind the teeth, completely hiding them from view. Some patients may not even need to use traditional orthodontics, but can take advantage of a new clear orthodontic system – Invisalign! Also available is a short-term cosmetic orthodontic system called Six-Month Smiles. This information will help you consider all of your options for orthodontics at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group.
Crooked teeth suffer from what dentists call “malocclusion.” This physical condition results from missing teeth, crowded teeth, a misaligned jaw or even too many teeth. Often, these problems lead to abnormal wear on your tooth enamel. The end result can be regular pain and discomfort. Crooked teeth can also rob you of your self-confidence, causing you to hold back your true personality and a vibrant smile. If you think braces only create discomfort for a few years, it’s time to learn more! Modern techniques and materials have greatly reduced the amount of time required for braces, making orthodontics appropriate for both children and adults of all ages.
How Do Orthodontics Work?
Steady pressure on your teeth, and thus your jaw, is created by orthodontic “appliances.” This pressure reshapes the position of your teeth in your jawbone. The process is easiest for young people, since their jaws are still growing, but it is still very effective for adults. In some cases, orthodontics do not even need to be attached to the teeth. With Invisalign, you are able to take the appliance on and off for cleaning and important social events. Traditional braces are also available in designer colors, school colors, gold-plated – even glow-in-the-dark!
After your braces have made your teeth nice and straight, you’ll be ready to work with the Marconi Dental Group to keep them that way. To encourage your teeth to remain perfectly set in their new straight position, it’s necessary to wear a retainer for a period determined by your dentist. These are much less obvious than the retainers of the past and can often be made nearly invisible for the patient.
There is no smile in the world like the smile of someone who just finished their course of orthodontics! Make an appointment now with the Marconi Dental Group to get that healthy lifetime smile you’ve been wishing for. Then get ready to smile at yourself for making an investment in your own well being.
Video Overview: Traditional Orthodontics
This video shows you how traditional braces can incrementally align the teeth and jaw into proper position to improve the function and appearance of your smile.