Patients of all ages can be candidates for orthodontic treatment as long as they have relatively healthy jawbone density and gum tissue. From young children to middle-aged adults, orthodontics can increase oral function, improve appearance, and assist with preventing disease. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of having a straighter smile, there are benefits to one’s oral health. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to floss and brush. Practicing thorough oral hygiene can prevent diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. Moreover, properly positioned teeth improve one’s bite – the way that teeth make contact when the mouth is closed and during oral function. If teeth make improper contact, it can lead to tooth wear and TMJ disorder.
Dental Depot offers an array of teeth straightening options for children, teenagers, and adults. Children most often benefit from conventional orthodontia including metal braces and other appliances that can expand the palate and assist with the emergence of permanent teeth.
While conventional braces are still beneficial to our older patients, teenagers and adults who desire more discreet methods of treatment might benefit from lingual braces and Invisalign.
There are distinct differences in traditional braces and Invisalign. While these two methods of teeth straightening can produce similar results, each method utilizes different materials to gradually shift teeth. Traditional metal brackets and wires are fixed to the teeth. Bonded by a cement-like compound, brackets are placed over the front sides of teeth and attach to wires, which can be tightened over time to create gentle yet consistent pressure. Force and pressure, when applied to teeth in appropriate intervals, is the principle behind all forms of orthodontic treatment.
Like conventional braces, Invisalign facilitates tooth movement with force and pressure but it does so by utilizing form fitting, custom appliances made of plastic. Patients receiving Invisalign treatment will wear sets of aligners, with each set fitting slightly tighter than the previous set. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign is removable for meals and oral hygiene.
The positioning of everyone’s teeth varies. This, along with the type of treatment necessary can affect treatment times. Some people can complete orthodontic treatment in as little as nine months while others might require longer treatment.
Costs for orthodontic treatment vary. The type of treatment you receive as well as the duration of treatment affects cost. After consulting with our doctors, our staff at Dental Depot will be able to give you an estimate of your treatment’s cost so that you can arrange for payment.