Many people perceive dental misalignment as a purely aesthetic problem, but it also presents dangers to your oral health. It can increase your risk of dental decay, gum disease, and problems with your jaw. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can help to protect you from such issues. Here at O&S Dental, we are proud to offer both traditional braces and clear aligner treatment for children and adults. Continue reading this page to learn more about how we may be able to help you achieve straighter teeth.
Teeth have a natural capacity for movement. Orthodontic treatment leverages that capacity. By applying sustained, gentle pressure to the teeth, it is possible to move them little by little. We are thus able to help patients find freedom from such issues as rotated teeth, gapped teeth, and even bite problems like overbite and underbite. For most patients, orthodontic treatment takes several months to a year or longer to achieve final results.
Traditional braces involve the use of brackets that are bonded directly to the teeth. An arch wire connects the brackets. Together, they apply pressure to the teeth. We tighten the wire at periodic appointments to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. Traditional metal braces are an excellent means of addressing most cases of dental misalignment, from the mild to the severe. In some cases, they work alongside attachments or other accessories to do their job.
Instead of using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are specifically designed for your unique teeth. They are discreet enough to allow you to maintain a professional image. They are even removable, so you can go through your orthodontic treatment without worrying about any dietary restrictions or complex oral hygiene measures. On average, Invisalign is faster than traditional braces. It is suitable for most cases of mild to moderate misalignment.