Many different types of orthodontic appliances can be used to straighten your teeth. However, not all of these devices are suitable for you or your lifestyle. Each type of orthodontic device that is used to straighten the teeth has its own benefits. Here are a few options that can be used to correct your dental misalignment, along with their particular attributes, to help you determine the best alignment appliances to correct the look of your teeth:
Clear plastic aligners, such as those of Invisalign, have grown in popularity in recent years. The aligners are actually mouth trays that are made of clear, rigid plastic and are used to help coax the teeth into proper position.
Your individualized treatment plan will include multiple sets of aligners. Each set is worn for a prescribed period before it is replaced by the next set in the aligning series.
This orthodontic option is particularly appealing because the aligning trays are practically invisible in the mouth. Additionally, you can remove them when you brush your teeth or eat a meal.
Still, clear plastic alignment trays are not for everyone. The trays are usually recommended for minor misalignments. They may not be able to treat severe dental misalignments. Additionally, the trays are not usually recommended to correct bite issues.
Also, since the trays are removable, they should only be prescribed in cases in which of the patient is responsible enough to keep the trays in place for the majority of the day. Aligning trays are also only approved for adults and teens. In order for the appliance to work properly, the bones of the palate must have already matured.
Typical braces have brackets that are attached to the front surface of the teeth. However, lingual braces or brackets are placed on the side of the teeth that is hidden when you speak or smile. The lingual brackets are positioned the tooth surface that is adjacent to the tongue.
Because the lingual braces are not easily seen, they are often recommended for patients who are self-conscious about wearing braces. Additionally, lingual braces are beneficial for people who are more likely to receive a blow to the mouth, such as sports enthusiasts. With the brackets attached to the back side of the teeth, the chance of them becoming snagged on the inner lips or cheeks is minimal.
Even though lingual braces offer multiple cosmetic and protective benefits, they straighten the teeth as effectively as conventional braces.
To learn more about orthodontic appliances that can be used to straighten your teeth, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist.