When you hear the words ”orthodontic treatment” what comes to mind? Most people imagine traditional metal braces on teenagers. For a long time, metal braces were the standard treatment for improving the positioning of teeth and jaws’ alignment; there are now several makeover treatments you can take advantage of.
People consider these treatments because malpositioned teeth and jaws put pressure on jaw muscles leading to crossbites. Crossbites are usually caused by misaligned bite patterns and temporomandibular disorders(TMD).TMD occurs when there is a malposition along the hinge that connects the jaw bone to the skull. In this case, you might be experiencing jaw pain and difficulty in chewing together with severe headaches.
Apart from the pain and discomfort, improper dental alignment also distorts your facial appearance and structure, which is why you need to get that treatment! You’ll be happy to know that there is no age limit to benefiting from both modern and traditional orthodontic treatments. More and more adults are now choosing to improve the health and look of their teeth, jaws, and gums through orthodontic treatments. Not to mention what wonders a great smile can do! A good smile boosts your confidence and has positive impacts on your professional and social lives.
Don’t shy away from trying any of the orthodontic treatments below;
Clear Custom Braces
Braces are still a great go-to option for orthodontists to treat misaligned teeth and jaws. But they can be subtle! With the advancement in technology, visible metal braces have been abandoned for the nearly invisible ceramic braces. If braces are the preferred treatment option, ceramic braces help you put it on the down-low. Other than you not ‘standing out,’ custom ceramic braces also provide comfort with your daily mouth duties.
And yes, they still get the work done by constantly putting gentle pressure on your teeth and jaws to move them to the targeted position gradually. With reduced rates of infections, I might add! Another treatment option you’d get may involve the use of lingual braces affixed behind the tooth and a great option for both adults and children.
Aligners, like braces, are also used to treat crowded or crooked teeth and a misaligned jaw. How are they different? Well, unlike braces, aligners are not permanent. You gain the responsibility of taking them out or putting them back in. And they are overt. Aligners are invisible, consisting of a series of trays made from clear materials and carefully designed to fit over your teeth. With great skill and planning, an experienced practitioner will use aligners to treat complications occasioned by malpositioned teeth or jaws in adults and even children. Technology has brought improved options for treatment in these modern times. I’m talking about Invisalign. Invisalign is carefully crafted with a blend of plastics to make clear tray aligners that your physician can use to treat mild or advanced misalignment and is less invasive.
Accelerated Orthodontic Treatment
Creating perfect harmony in occlusion and improving aesthetics is the goal when seeking orthodontic treatment, but it doesn’t have to take forever. Normal dental treatment and corrections drug years on. If you can’t just wait to get that new and improved look, accelerated treatments are now an option.
So how does this work?
This is done through enhancement or acceleration of the biology of tooth movement. With braces or aligners, pharmacological, physical, and surgical methods are used to reduce the time dramatically it would take for correction. When pharmacological agents are used, they act as bio modulators for increased teeth and jaws, as your need may be.
Physical methods involve applying mechanical stimuli using low-level laser therapy to affect the positioning rate in certain situations; you’ll probably require acceleration through surgery. Surgery is recommended for acceleration in cases where you have advanced maxillary distortion. There has been a reduction over time in using this method to discover more advanced non-invasive methods.
Most people don’t choose the kind of orthodontic treatment to seek until well into adulthood. Advancement in this line means that you can seek a corrective adjustment to your teeth and jaws when that need arises. If you’ve been worried about invasive or embarrassing procedures, talk to a specialist in this field to sample out the range of options available for you. You might also require to use retainers after either of the treatments. Retainers ensure that everything stays in its place to achieve a lasting form. Remember, a smile says a thousand words; what’s yours saying!