Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

By Denton Family Dentistry
April 17, 2018
Category: Procedures

You can benefit from orthodontic treatment if you want a straighter smile. Orthodontic treatment straightens and aligns teeth that are orthodonticsoverlapped, crowded, or crooked. Orthodontics can also correct bites that are not properly aligned, as in the case of an overbite or an underbite. Correcting a misaligned bite can also alleviate jaw tension, which can be a problem when the upper or lower jaw is not properly aligned. At Denton Family Dentistry, Dr. Christopher Edmondson is your dentist for orthodontics in Denton, TX.

Types of Orthodontics

In Denton, orthodontic options include several types of braces, as well as clear aligners. Dr. Edmondson can help you select the best orthodontic option for your needs. Available types of orthodontics include the following:

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Clear aligners

Metal braces have long been the traditional method for straightening teeth. Silver tone metal brackets are affixed to the teeth and joined together by metal wire. The brackets are permanently cemented to the teeth during the course of treatment and can only be removed by your dentist or orthodontist. Clear braces are similar to metal braces, but are made of a ceramic or plastic material that is barely visible to others. Clear braces are a great option for adults interested in a more discreet option than traditional metal braces.

Lingual braces are another type of braces utilizing brackets and wires to gently straighten the teeth. Lingual braces differ from both metal and ceramic braces because the brackets and wires are affixed to the back of the teeth rather than the front, which also makes them a more discreet option than traditional metal braces.

Metal, clear, and lingual braces are all semi-permanent orthodontics. The brackets cannot be removed once installed. Only the dentist or orthodontist can remove them when treatment has concluded. Clear aligners do not utilize brackets and wires to straighten the teeth. Soft, removable aligner trays are used instead. Not only are the trays conveniently removable, they are also clear, making them an extremely discreet orthodontic option for straightening your teeth.

If you have a misaligned bite or teeth that are crooked, crowded, and overlapping, orthodontics can benefit you. Dr. Edmondson can help you decide which orthodontic option is best for you. To schedule an appointment with your Denton, TX area orthodontics dentist, call Denton Family Dentistry at (940) 591-9700.