Most people are familiar with the concept of orthodontic braces. However, some people are still unaware of the numerous options available today. Thanks to technological advancements and improved techniques, we here at Schnierow Dental Care specialize in a wide variety of braces and straightening appliances. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Schnierow will be able to determine which appliance is right for you!
Traditional metal braces generally consist of three major components: brackets, a wire, and elastic bands. Each bracket is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. These brackets are then connected with a thin metal wire that is held in place by the elastic bands. Throughout your treatment, the wire is tightened to move your teeth to a more proper position.
Traditional metal braces can be very indiscreet and even stigmatized. For patients concerned with cosmetics, we may recommend ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, but the brackets are tooth-colored or even clear. In some cases, we also use a tooth-colored wire to improve aesthetics.
Clear aligner systems are a relatively new development in orthodontic treatment. The aligners are thin, clear trays that are custom-made using an impression, or mold, of your mouth. The trays put pressure on your teeth until they slowly move to a slightly better position.
Each tray in your series should be worn about 22 hours a day at two-week intervals. By the end of your series, your teeth should be in their proper position, or very close to it. Once your treatment is complete, we will fabricate a retainer, similar to your aligner trays, that prevents your teeth from moving back out of alignment. A retainer is an integral part of protecting your new smile!
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