According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), over four million people across the nation are undergoing orthodontic treatment of some kind. Adults and children alike are seeking a straighter smile, making it important for dentists to provide care tailored to each individual’s unique dental situation. Fortunately, recent advances have made it possible for patients to receive braces personalized not only for their oral health needs but their aesthetic and comfort preferences, as well.
When the topic of braces comes up, most people think of the conventional system of metal wires and brackets. It’s easy to understand why, given that this type of treatment has been a staple of dental offices since the 1970s. These braces have been proven time and again to effectively improve bite positioning.
Even though the brackets and wires used today are sleeker and less intrusive than those provided in the past, there’s no getting around the fact that metal stands out in a smile. To reduce the aesthetic impact traditional braces have, dentists offer a choice of elastic bands in a variety of colors so that patients can personalize their treatment or tooth-colored ligatures for less noticeability. Ceramic brackets are another option to minimize visibility but are generally larger than their standard counterparts, which may make them less comfortable.
Caring for traditional braces requires patients to take additional steps in their oral hygiene routine and adhere to dietary restrictions. However, there are options to make this process less of a burden. Using electric or specially designed orthodontic toothbrushes and floss threaders help to clear out any trapped food particles and reach all the areas where plaque can build up.
The leading edge of orthodontic options, clear aligners have the shape of mouth guards while being made of a transparent, resilient plastic that results in virtually invisible treatment. Among the most popular brands are ClearCorrect, MTM® Clear•Aligner, and Invisalign® clear aligners. Each of these offers a convenient, discreet method for correcting misalignment, though subtle differences in design and implementation may make one system more beneficial to a patient’s specific case than others. The continued development and variety of aligners available mean that dentists can recommend these in situations where more expedient results are desired as well as for longer treatment plans.
Clear aligners also give patients the ability to keep regular hygiene habits as long as these custom-fit trays are worn for at least 22 hours a day. By the same token, there are no dietary restrictions associated with these removable aligners.
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Your teeth are shaped by daily habits and inherited factors in equal measure, making them every bit a unique part of you. Whether you would benefit most from conventional braces or clear aligners, Dr. Jae Byun works with you to explore treatment options and achieve a smile you can enjoy for years to come.
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