Braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance. They are made up of metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth and a metal wire that runs through the brackets. The wire is attached to the brackets with rubber bands, which put pressure on your teeth and move them into their proper position.
Invisalign® is another type of orthodontic appliance that can be used to correct dental and skeletal irregularities. Invisalign® consists of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. The aligners are worn over your teeth and gradually move them into their proper position.
Headgear & Herbst® Appliance
If you suffer from an overbite or underbite, your orthodontist may use headgear to gently pull on your teeth and restrict further forward growth of your upper or lower teeth and jaw. Another option for correcting an overbite, especially in younger children that are still growing, is the Herbst® appliance, which is a fixed appliance that is worn for a year or more.
A palatal expander is another orthodontic treatment that expands your upper jaw by putting pressure on your upper molars with slight adjustments until you reach the preferred expansion according to your orthodontist.
Positioners, Retainers, & Spacers
Positioners and retainers are used toward the end of your orthodontic treatment to ensure that your newly adjusted teeth and jaw stay in place. Spacers, on the other hand, are used to prepare your teeth for orthodontic treatment by pushing your teeth apart in preparation for your appliance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Orthodontic treatment is used to correct dental and skeletal irregularities. It can also be used to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile. Treatment usually takes place over a period of time, during which your orthodontist will gradually move your teeth into their proper position.
Are Braces Right For Me?
Braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance. They are made up of metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth and a metal wire that runs through the brackets. The wire is attached with rubber bands to gently move your teeth into their proper and preferred position. If you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems, braces may be right for you. However, if your orthodontic needs are more severe, your orthodontist may decide to use other types of orthodontic appliances to help you achieve the smile you’re looking for.
Is Invisalign® Right For Me?
If your orthodontic needs are mild to moderate, you may also have the option of choosing to use Invisalign® rather than traditional braces. Many people, adults especially, prefer these clear aligners over braces because they aren’t as noticeable and they can be removed while eating. Be sure to talk to your orthodontist about whether or not Invisalign® is right for you during your consultation.
What Can I Expect From My Consultation?
During your initial consultation with our team, we will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you. We will also discuss the different types of orthodontic appliances that can be used to correct your dental and skeletal irregularities in addition to a variety of payment options available to make it affordable for your budget. Consultations are held in person or virtually.
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Are you ready to take the next step in achieving a perfect, sparkling smile? Schedule an in person or virtual consultation with a team member of Orthodontist Fayetteville, AR today.