More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Often times, because adults usually are more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results turn out far greater than with a child and or a teen. Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve your smile's appearance, but also, to improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you have crowded or overlapping teeth, you may be unable to reach those areas and run the risk of severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of tooth enamel and possible TMJ/TMD pain. Recent improvements in traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets. Conventional braces with metal brackets are the most familiar, however, clear and tooth-color ceramic and plastic brackets are now available.
Braces are bonded brackets, archwires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for appearance and function.
Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band.
Today's orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever for children, teens and adults.
A headgear is an orthodontic appliance attached to dental braces that aid in correcting severe bite problems. The headgear is attached to the braces and is anchored from the back of the head, neck or forehead. Its purpose is to stop the upper jaw from growing and to distalize the upper molars, hence preventing or correcting overbite. The type that is anchored on the forehead is used to medialize the upper molars, hence correcting or preventing under bite. There are two different headgears, one to correct overbite (cervical headgear) and one to treat under bites (reverse headgear). Headgear should be worn 10 - 14 hours daily, typically at night, or as directed by your dentist.
Dr. Mati, an Invisalign dentist in Bingham Farms, often recommends an Invisalign procedure rather than traditional braces. Invisalign is the breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you've always wanted without the hassle of braces. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. Unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year.
|Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.||X||X|
|Straightens your teeth||X||X|
|Average cost is about $5,000*||X||X|
|Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy||X||Â|
|Lets you remove the device when you want||X||Â|
|Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening||X||Â|
|Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health||X||Â|
|Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums||X||Â|
|Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks||X||Â|
|Invisalign Teen: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.**||X||Â|
* November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey
** Invisalign Teen Only
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