Dr. Eric Budiman DDS, MS Orthodontist
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
A confident, attractive smile and a boost in self-esteem are just a few of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. What many people don’t realize is that orthodontic treatment can preemptively alleviate physical health problems.
Without orthodontic treatment, individuals are more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, chewing and digestive difficulties, speech impairments, tooth loss and other dental injuries.
Benefits of Braces
Aside from looking and feeling great, there are many other benefits to having straight teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are a hassle to clean and care for which is a gateway to a world of problems including tooth decay and possible tooth loss.
Additional orthodontic issues can lead to abnormal wearing of the teeth, unproductive chewing functionality, misalignment of the jaw joints, or unnecessary stress on your gums and bones supporting your teeth. If left untreated, all of the aforementioned problems can lead to pounding headaches and facial/neck pain.
In the long run, orthodontic treatment is far less costly than dealing with problems that may arise from a lack of orthodontic care.
Types of Braces
We know that just like every patient is unique, every smile is unique. As such, some orthodontic treatments might be better suited for you than others.
In order to best serve you, we strive to provide patients with a wide variety of the latest orthodontic treatments. To learn more about the types of teeth-straightening services we offer, please read through the information below!
First, we should distinguish between fixed and removable appliances. Fixed appliances like braces are attached to the teeth by metal bands or special cement. They aren't normally taken off until treatment is complete. Removable appliances, such as clear aligners, are typically worn some 22 hours per day, but may be easily taken off as needed.
While clear aligners can be effective in treating mild to moderate orthodontic problems, fixed appliances are generally needed for more comprehensive treatment.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
For patients who feel self-conscious about dawning the metallic look that comes with traditional braces, there is another option, which is simultaneously more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable – Invisalign.
Invisalign is the bracket and wire free way to straighten your teeth. Instead of braces, the Invisalign form of orthodontic treatment utilizes a series of clear trays called aligners that are created to fit your individual mouth and correct your teeth.
Another benefit of choosing Invisalign as your form of orthodontic treatment is that Invisalign aligners are removable. As a result, you have:
- Virtually no food restrictions.
- You can easily maintain good oral hygiene.
- And you can even sparingly remove the aligners for important events.
Please note though, Invisalign is only available for patients with certain orthodontic bite problems, and only an orthodontist can properly determine if this system is right for you. So contact Dr. Budiman today and see if you’re a good fit for Invisalign.
Invisalign is a teeth-straightening orthodontic treatment that utilizes a system of clear, custom-made aligners for moving teeth into the correct position. These aligners are made from a flexible plastic, causing them to be more comfortable. Additionally, their clear nature makes them virtually invisible.
As a result, you will not only have the benefit of feeling better, but looking better than you might while wearing traditional braces.
Invisalign Can Treat:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
How Does Treatment work?
At the start of your orthodontic journey with Invisalign, our orthodontist will use Invisalign's advanced technology to have a series of clear aligners custom-made to guide your teeth into the proper position. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, minimum 22 hours a day (with the exception of when you are eating, drinking, flossing, or brushing your teeth).
As you move through the different sets of aligners (usually 18 to 30 of them), your teeth will gradually shift into the right place – creating that straight smile you’ve always wanted.
Total treatment time usually last somewhere between 6 – 15 months,
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for everyone. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you.
To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Budiman.