Orthodontic treatment is used to correct crooked teeth and bad bites. At Harding Dental Group, our orthodontist can fix these issues simultaneously. Braces, Invisalign, and other appliances straighten the teeth and correct the bite. Most patients must wear a retainer after treatment to keep teeth from returning to their original position.
After orthodontic treatment, patients should continue seeing their orthodontist for checkups and cleanings. Patients should also maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine at home, including brushing twice daily and flossing daily. This will help their teeth stay healthy and strong for years to come. Regular visits to the dentist every six months are also recommended for optimal oral health.
The Advantages of Orthodontics Treatments
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier smile, better oral health, and easier cleanings. By straightening the teeth, there are fewer spaces in which plaque can accumulate. When teeth are properly spaced, it is easier to brush and floss them, leading to improved oral hygiene.
A straighter smile is also more attractive than a smile with misaligned or crowded teeth. Many patients have more confidence after getting braces because their teeth look better in social situations.
Patients with orthodontic problems are also more likely to struggle with tooth decay and gum disease, so correcting these problems can improve oral health.
Types of Orthodontics Treatments
Traditional braces are the most common orthodontic treatment, and for good reason! Brackets and wires are an effective way to move teeth into their ideal position. Traditional braces use gentle pressure to move your teeth into alignment over time gradually. The wires and brackets work together to apply this force to the teeth and slowly shift them into the proper positions.
Many patients choose Invisalign because they prefer treatment that is less noticeable than the other options. This is because Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to move teeth into position, rather than brackets and wires that can be uncomfortable.
The trays are made from BPA-free plastic and are smooth and comfortable to wear. Patients can remove the aligners to eat and clean their teeth. With Invisalign, patients only visit the dentist every few weeks for progress checks.
Orthodontic treatment can address many common oral health concerns and prevent future problems by straightening the teeth and correcting bite misalignments. If you’ve been considering improving your smile, contact Harding Dental Group at 688 Del Sol Drive, Alamosa, CO 81101, or call (719) 589-2257 to learn about different treatment options.