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Many people get confused between an orthodontist and a dentist. While both are dentistry professions, an orthodontist is a professional who specializes in aligning teeth and jaws. Whereas a dentist assists with dental hygiene, oral X-rays, and surgery. If you have any dental abnormalities such as crooked teeth or an overbite, an orthodontist will help you correct those problems. It demands dedication and years of studying to become an esteemed orthodontist. But helping patients regain self-confidence makes it all worth it
How Orthodontic Treatments Work?
An orthodontist uses various tools such as fixed and removable dental bands, braces, and retainers to correct your teeth or jaw. To correctly align your teeth and push them into position, braces are placed using gentle force in a carefully controlled direction. Thanks to modern dentistry, you can choose between clear, or metal brackets, and the wires aren’t as noticeable. We use the latest materials to offer our patients comfort and make it easier to maintain their braces. We successfully and seamlessly complete each of our treatments to provide our patients with professional service and genuine care.
How long does it take?
Usually, treatments can proceed anywhere between 1 to 3 years. Essentially, this depends on a variety of factors such as:
- The patient’s age.
- How minor the treatment is.
- The method of treatment.
- If the patient is willing to be involved and invested in finding the ideal treatment for them.
Children are more reactive to orthodontic care, so we suggest either interceptive treatment or early treatment for a shorter duration. When you speak to your Orthodontist, ask questions and be vigilant, to choose the best treatment option for you. If you would like to schedule an appointment to find out the best treatment for you and how long the treatment will take, call us today!
Types of Braces
Choosing the type of braces, you need can be tricky. To help you, we have outlined the three types of braces we have available. Traditional braces are a common option, while ceramic braces work well for adults. Self-ligating braces are an excellent choice to reduce the effort of maintaining your braces.
TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES
Traditional braces are the most common options and are made from high-grade stainless steel. These braces have metal brackets that are attached to each of your teeth, using special cement. To put force on your teeth and shift them into the correct position, the brackets are linked to each other using a thin archwire.
CLEAR (CERAMIC) BRACES
Self-ligating braces are designed using the same material as traditional braces. These braces do not use elastic. This leads to fewer visits to the orthodontist as there are no elastics to replace. And this means less friction on your teeth. Replacing the elastics is a specialized clip used to direct the archwire to position the teeth in place. For self-ligating braces, you can choose ceramic, traditional metal, or clear brackets.
Ceramic braces function the same way as traditional braces. Except these braces are designed from clear, ceramic material. Because these braces are transparent. And much less visible than traditional braces, they are a popular choice amongst adults. However, ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal parts, making them ideal for upper front teeth rather than lower teeth.
Are you looking for a way to straighten your teeth for the perfect smile? Our office is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign clear aligners. These aligners are a convenient way to achieve a gorgeous smile while being comfortable and unnoticeable.
WHY aligner TREATMENT?
There are many benefits of Invisalign treatment compared to other forms of alignment treatment. Not only does this treatment offer a quicker, more effective way to align your teeth but it is also transparent, making it less visible in your mouth.
Because Invisalign trays are clear, they won’t distract people from your face or smile. Adults, young adults, and teens particularly prefer Invisalign treatment for this reason.
Invisalign trays are much more comfortable than traditional braces because they are made from smooth plastic. There are no sharp edges or sides of Invisalign trays and they are custom made to fit your mouth.
Safe and Removable
If you enjoy sports, an Invisalign treatment is ideal for you. The comfort of these trays makes them safer to use for sports and related activities. And you can remove the tray which is convenient for brushing your teeth, eating, and other day-to-day tasks.
Because Invisalign trays can be removed, this avoids causing unhygienic oral health. You can also clean your Invisalign tray to avoid the build-up of oral bacteria.
Unlike other straightening solutions, you only have to visit the orthodontist’s office every six weeks to maintain your Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign treatment is proven to help crossbites, crowding, overbites, gapped teeth, underbites, open bites, and more dental conditions.
Eat as You Like
Because you can remove your Invisalign tray, you can eat anything you want! This is much better than the consumption restrictions and limitations from traditional braces.
WHY aligner TREATMENT?
Through Hunter Orthodontics you can rely on an effective and efficient Invisalign treatment that begins at your first consultation and effortlessly ends at taking care of your treatment. We help with every step of the way from choosing your treatment to applying your Invisalign tray.
Your First Consultation
We’ve seen tones of athletes pass through our Central Indiana offices, from Basket players to Football players, you name it! While our athletes who wear Invisalign aligners can safely play sport without damaging their teeth or brackets. This is not the same for our patients who wear traditional braces. For this reason, choosing the best mouthguard is essential during orthodontic treatments.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three basic types of mouthguards:
- The pre-made mouthguard.
- The fitted mouthguard.
- A custom-made mouthguard from your orthodontist.
When choosing a mouthguard ensure it is:
- Easy to clean
- Does not prevent you from breathing
Your orthodontists will help you choose the perfect mouthguard and show you how to wear it in your mouth.
Choosing the Best Mouthguard
Although there are many mouthguards available, we would only suggest a few, proven to be effective and safe for braces and retainers. These are the four mouthguard brands that we strongly recommend.
Shock Doctor designs mouthguards specifically for athletes. These mouthguards are ideal for braces that fit upper teeth brackets and protect the mouth against scratches or cuts. Being a lightweight option, these mouthguards adjust with your teeth, making them useful throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Although Vettex’s mouthguards are larger than most, they are affordable and designed to prevent you from biting your lip. These mouthguards are also very lightweight!
Gladiator mouthguards stay in your mouth comfortably, and you can customize them to your mouth. People who participate in martial arts, wrestling, or similar contact sports prefer Gladiator mouthguards. For convenience, you can send Gladiator a mold of your teeth, done from home. And they can personalize it.
Tapout offers mouthguards that are pricier than most. But you can remodel these retainers to your teeth multiple times within your orthodontic treatment. These mouthguards allow airflow through your teeth and jaws and are known to not obstruct your speech.
Our Complimentary Mouthguards
Perhaps all those options are not what you’re looking for, or you would prefer something more budget-friendly. We have complimentary mouthguards available in two different sizes as the perfect solution! Let us know if you need one, and we’ll provide one for you!
If you’re near the end of your treatment, getting a retainer is the last step! At Hunter Orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona, we provide high-quality retainers to help your jaw and teeth until they align to the perfect position.
Types of Retainers
Retainers are custom-made oral appliances used to keep your teeth aligned after your orthodontic treatment. Aging cause your teeth to shift, but a retainer will help your teeth stay aligned throughout the years.
Hawley retainers are removable retainers designed with thin metal wires and plastic. These retainers are customized to fit the roof of your mouth or along your lower teeth. The metal wire attached runs along the outside of your teeth to keep them in position.
Clear retainers are not as visible and durable as Hawley retainers. They are made from plastic and comfortably support your teeth.
Fixed retainers are also known as called bonded or permanent retainers. Your orthodontist will permanently attach this retainer to the back of your teeth. Doing this ensures your teeth will remain aligned. It’s important to note that fixed retainers can only be removed by dentistry professionals.