Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that is focused on the alignment of teeth. An orthodontist works with a patient through a couple of different treatment options. In this article, we are going to review some of the treatments that you can expect from orthodontics to get straight teeth.
The first option that we are going to talk about is traditional braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, today some 4 million Americans are wearing braces.
This is the most common option and it is seen through the use of metal brackets that are glued to the teeth. A wire connects all of the brackets, and over time the braces slowly move the teeth into the proper position. You can get braces in many different colors, there are even clear options for the brackets.
Invisalign is the next option that we are going to talk about. The aligners used for Invisalign treatment are clear and fit right over the teeth. Every couple of weeks you will get a new set of aligners that are slightly different. Eventually, the teeth will be straighter and the treatment can end. It’s important to note that the aligners must be worn for the entire day except when you are eating.