Why Do You Need Dental Braces?
Misaligned teeth often lead to more problems than just embarrassing smiles – they can lead to receding gums, difficulty maintaining basic dental care and increased risk of cavities, among a variety of other potential troubles. Thus, in cases of malocclusion (which is the scientific word for misaligned teeth), straightening your teeth using orthodontic braces may be the right thing to do. And now, with ever-increasing dental awareness, adults have a plethora of options available when it comes to dental braces to straighten their teeth (and possibly enhance their career and improve self-confidence!).
Ideal Alignment & Occlusion
So what type of Dental Braces are there to choose from?
- Ceramic Braces
- Traditional Metal
- Golden Metal
- Self-ligating Brackets
- Lingual Braces
These days, there are many choices available, and it gets confusing! Which type of braces should you choose? Can you choose, or is it strictly up to your dentist?
Today, Orthodontic Treatment is different
Fortunately, metal bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded with an adhesive right to the front of the teeth. They’re much more comfortable, smaller in size, and much less noticeable.
The type of braces you need depends on a number of factors, including:
The extent of your treatment, such as:
- The severity of your bite or extent of tooth malalignment
- If extractions are necessary
- If jaw surgery is necessary
- If headgear or other special appliances are necessary
- The amount of time you will need to wear braces
The preferences of your dentist or orthodontist
- The costs associated with treatment options
- How long you will be in braces to correct your problems
- What you personally desire
So you must ask yourself, would you feel embarrassed in metal? Are you only willing to straighten your teeth if Invisalign is used? Do you prefer the look of ceramic or sapphire? Or do you not really care what the braces look like, so long as the outcome is good?
At Lifepath Wellness Dental we will provide you all the available options, as well as a referral to our own in-house Orthodontist Specialist.