Everything You Need To Know About Palatal Expanders
September 24, 2022
Here at Central Virginia Orthodontics, many of our patients come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including profession, lifestyle, and age. Whether you’re a younger patient or waiting till later in life to give orthodontic treatment a try, many patients are worried about making the adjustment to braces.
This is a very common concern, but we have good news! Our team is knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to guide you through the teeth-straightening process, no matter your age. With expertise in many types of orthodontic treatment, we can meet and exceed your every need. To find out more about the advantages of getting braces as an adult, keep reading below!
Getting braces as an adult can be cost-efficient in terms of both treatment and maintenance. All the expensive dentist visits that keep your smile in shape can be decreased with the benefits of braces. They also help prevent problems that could come up if misaligned teeth aren’t addressed. Specific orthodontic issues like jaw misalignment can wear down your teeth, which can leave your teeth chipped, cracked, or even gone altogether, which can be costly for you in the long run.
Adult braces can help you avoid these pricey problems. On top of that, braces deal with these problems directly, so you don’t have to see specialists who will treat symptoms of problems rather than the source. All this helps you save time, money, and hassle by tackling the root of problems before they can arise. The result is a better long-term smile for a lower price.
As technological advancements evolve in the market, treatments are becoming more and more efficient. This makes getting and maintaining your braces a little easier as an adult. With the help of your orthodontist, you can navigate your treatment process the way you want and ensure your smile turns out the way you want.
In addition, the options for treatment are constantly changing and expanding with shifts in technology and treatment processes. we offer the latest practices, including:
Traditional metal braces are a classic treatment option for getting a beautiful smile. Metal braces are bridged together using metal brackets and arches to help straighten your teeth over time. They are typically made of stainless steel and nickel, making the brackets very durable.
Traditional metal braces are a great way to an even better smile. Traditional metal braces are a great way to get an even better smile. They’re an effective option for treating many orthodontic issues and can close gaps. They also align the teeth relatively quickly. Remember, the treatment and care of your braces are essential. Your diet, hygiene routine, and check-ins all factor in the effectiveness of your treatment. Metal braces also help teach proper oral care.
Like metal braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to help straighten teeth. They are made of ceramic material and are also set with brackets. Clear braces are a popular choice for those who want to blend in during treatment.
The main benefit of getting clear braces is that they are easy to disguise. With the slightly smaller frame, clear braces are designed to blend in with your teeth for a more natural look.
However, it’s important to note that clear braces are more fragile than traditional metal braces. They can also discolor from things like juice or coffee between visits, so it’s important to be careful when choosing clear braces for treatment.
Clear aligners use a series of invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth. They are typically removable and are designed to fit comfortably on your teeth as they work to enhance your smile.
Clear aligners are a great option for patients who had braces when they were younger and just need a touch-up. They also work well for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems. While clear aligners are a great alternative to braces, there are a few things to note when using aligners to ensure the most effective treatment possible.
Clear aligners don’t require any metal, making them easy to apply and use during treatment. As you progress in the teeth-straightening process, the aligners will slowly shift your teeth into place. Each tray is made to slightly shift your teeth until they are perfectly aligned into a new and improved smile.
Certain orthodontic issues must be fixed to prevent further complications or even surgery. Braces also provide many other health benefits. Common health problems such as headaches, jaw pain, digestion and sleep issues can be avoided by getting braces. Braces can also help prevent:
It can be very difficult to brush and floss when your teeth are crowded. Your teeth may overlap, and you may feel there is not enough space in your jaw for all your teeth.
Spaces between teeth
Irregularly spaced teeth make it harder to control plaque and tartar. Food particles may also get stuck along your gums which can cause bad breath, gum disease, and other issues.
An overbite is when your upper teeth overlap with your lower teeth. It can cause tooth wear and damage. Misaligned jaws can result in chronic jaw pain, among other problems. Orthodontic treatment can fix your overbite and improve your smile.
An underbite is when your lower teeth extend outward further than the upper front teeth. It can cause difficulty with chewing, swallowing and speaking. Tooth enamel can wear down, and it increases your chance of developing tooth decay and other dental issues.
An open bite is a gap between your upper and lower teeth. It means your teeth do not align properly when your jaws are closed. It can cause frequent biting of your inner cheeks and tongue, the development of a lisp and mouth breathing.
Your smile is as strong as your teeth, and a crooked smile or misaligned bite can leave you feeling less confident when you speak or smile. Orthodontic treatment with one of our many braces options can help correct crooked teeth or spaces you’ve been self-conscious about for years.
Here at Central Virginia Orthodontics, we believe that the essence of good health is helping people feel good about themselves. Orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth. Orthodontics builds self-esteem and self-confidence and will nurture this kind of good health. No matter your age, nothing beats the glow of a confident smile. Your smile impacts your self-esteem, confidence, and how people perceive you. Braces can give you a personal transformation that can leave you feeling more like yourself and leave a better first impression on everyone you meet.
Whether you’re a younger patient or considering braces on as an adult, we understand that you may be nervous about their impact on your hygiene routine. The team at Central Virginia Orthodontics is always here to answer any questions you may have or to talk through any concerns regarding your treatment. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, please give us a call!