Orthodontics does not only create beautiful smiles, but creates a healthier mouth and jaw function while contributing to the self esteem of the patient. A pleasing smile with straight and aligned teeth leaves a lasting and favorable impression. Orthodontics is one way to improve your smile, which can improve your overall appearance.
Traditional orthodontics involves metal, stainless steel braces that are still a widely used and effective method, but other options such as non-metal, ceramic braces and clear aligner technology from Invisalign or Clear Correct are great alternative options.
For children, it is typical to start a combination of orthopedic jaw shape and size correction procedures even before all the baby teeth are lost. This may create a longer treatment time, but often shortens the actual time in braces and is a more stable and healthier result in the end. Final tooth position and bite relationship is intimately related to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) health.
For adult options there are tooth colored or ceramic braces for complicated corrections or the recently popular ‘aligner’ therapies like Invisalign or Clear Correct. These popular options for busy and professional adults help avoid the “braces appearance” but limitations do exist.