The branch of dentistry responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of teeth misalignment issues is called orthodontics. The dentist will thoroughly conduct an initial screening and diagnosis of the oral cavity and understand the severity of your malocclusion. Based on the observations and your candidacy for the orthodontic aligners, we will go ahead with suitable treatment.
Common orthodontic aligners
Dental braces: Dental braces had been the only and go-to solution for treating teeth misalignment for many years. They are composed of metal brackets and wires, which together apply pressure on the teeth and move them to their orthodontically right positions. The brackets are attached to the teeth using dental adhesives, and wires are run through them. The ends of the wires will be fastened to a stable support, and they can be tightened as required to vary the pressure applied on them. Dental braces are quite popular to treat some of the most complicated types of malocclusion.
Invisalign: Invisalign is a modern-day aligner made from a transparent plastic material. This material is quite unique in its functionality as it contains the feature of SmartTrack, which allows them to retain their shape and apply pressure on the teeth in a uniform manner. The treatment procedure can be divided into various phases, for which the dentist will provide different aligners. Ideally, patients have to replace their old aligners with a new set once every two weeks to progress with the teeth movement. Since Invisalign is removable, you can take it off whenever you need to eat food or brush the teeth, which wouldn’t be possible with dental braces.
Invisible braces: Conventional dental braces are placed on the teeth facing the lips. Invisible or lingual braces are bonded to the teeth facing the tongue or on the inner faces. This keeps them completely invisible to anyone who sees you talk or smile. These braces are just as effective as conventional braces and work using the same principle of applying pressure on the teeth in a predetermined direction.
Clear braces: Clear braces are made from brackets and wires that are either tooth-colored or transparent. They are made from clear dental-grade plastic material or tooth-colored ceramic, helping them stay under disguise. Although clear braces are not entirely invisible to the outside world, they are less distinguishable compared to conventional metal braces.
Please schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gyampo, by calling us at (919) 682-4861 or reaching us through an online query, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.