Whether you're unhappy with your crooked teeth or a have bite problem that makes chewing difficult, orthodontics can improve your smile. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Richa Dutta, and Dr. Youngsook Chae of Padonia Dental Associates can help you choose the best orthodontic treatment option for you.
How orthodontic treatment options work
All types of orthodontic treatment use constant pressure to slowly change the alignment of your teeth. Metal and ceramic braces use a system of wires and brackets to exert pressure on the teeth, while the Invisalign system relies on a series of removable aligner trays worn over the teeth.
Metal braces are a good choice if you have mild to severe orthodontic problems. If you're looking for a more discreet treatment method and have a mild to moderate issue, ceramic braces or Invisalign may be the better choice. Ceramic braces consist of tooth-colored brackets and tooth-colored or clear wires. Since Invisalign aligner trays are clear, they blend in with your teeth and are barely noticeable.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be a child or teenager to reap the benefits of orthodontics. If you're an adult and your teeth have shifted or you've never been happy with your smile, braces or Invisalign can transform your smile.
The length of your treatment will vary depending on your age and your orthodontic options. Some adults using Invisalign may only need to wear their aligner trays for six to 12 months. If you're a teen, your treatment may take longer, whether you opt for traditional braces or Invisalign.
During your visit to the Cockeysville, MD, dental office, your dentist may recommend orthodontics if you have any of these issues:
- Crooked Teeth: When you're teeth are crooked, it may not seem like you have much to smile about. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth and completely change your smile.
- Spacing Issues: Whether the problem is crowded teeth or gaps between teeth, orthodontics offers an effective way to address spacing issues.
- Bite Problems: Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites can detract from your appearance and make chewing and speaking difficult. Orthodontic treatment corrects common bite problems, improving the function and appearance of your teeth.
Straighten your smile with orthodontic treatment! Call your dentists in Cockeysville, MD, Dr. Vallar, Dr. Dutta, and Dr. Chae of Padonia Dental Associates, at (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment.