Different Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Different Types of Orthodontic TreatmentsBeing happy and smiling are some of life’s best pleasures and when we’re happy or laughing we show our teeth and our smile to those around us. For a lot of people, having crooked teeth makes everyday expressions awkward if they happen to be self conscious about the appearance of their teeth. For those who have crooked teeth or a jaw that isn’t well aligned in Northern Virginia, Vienna, VA orthodontist Dr. Allen Garai can help in solving those issues through the help of Vienna, VA

Invisalign treatments among other treatment options. Orthodontists put many different kinds of appliances to use to help perfect the look of smiles that are struggling for one reason or another.

Some of the more common tools and appliances used by orthodontists include retainers, braces, bands, rubber bands, brackets and Invisalign aligners. Braces have been relied on for many years as a method of treating crooked teeth. They function by applying pressure to the teeth and the jaws in such a way that they are moved slowly into the desired position until all the teeth are straight. Thankfully, Dr. Garai, a skilled orthodontist in Vienna, VA, will not always have to rely on the overwhelming, all-metal parts of braces past. Instead, Invisalign treatments can be administered which are virtually clear and work very well.

Standard braces have brackets that are bonded directly onto the surface of the tooth, or sometimes behind the teeth depending on the situation which can also help in making them less noticeable. Braces might be made from plastic, ceramic materials or stainless steel and some of them are made with a tooth colored enamel to help them blend in better.

Invisible straightening trays, or Invisalign trays, are another option instead of braces. These are custom fitted trays that are removable but while worn put pressure on the teeth just like standard braces to help align the teeth creating a straighter smile. Generally your orthodontist will not suggest you get Invisalign if you need a lot of orthodontic work done, but they are a great option for those who are simply looking for a straighter, more symmetrical smile without needing the help of braces.

Headgears are used when a little bit more force is needed to help encourage the teeth into position and help in straightening the jaw. Thankfully these are generally only worn at night time which is probably a relief for many seeing as headgear are generally pretty complicated and very obvious when worn.

Retainers are used to keep the teeth in place once the braces have been removed. Your teeth risk shifting and becoming crooked again even after undergoing orthodontic work so you want to make sure to work with your orthodontist to make sure that you either wear a retainer regularly or Invisalign trays regularly to keep your teeth straight.

Before you get any orthodontic work done, you’ll meet with your orthodontist to assess your individual needs and find out which procedures and tools are right for you and what kind of results you can expect toward a more beautiful smile.

For more information on the benefits of braces and Invisalign treatments, please visit www.BracesVIP.com.

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