Wearing braces to straighten a bite is a commitment of time, money and in many cases appearing in public with a mouthful of wired brackets. For many people that was not a commitment that they are willing to make. For these people there are alternative methods of straightening teeth. Our doctor at American Family Dental offers several different options to straighten teeth including different types of braces in Lakewood Ranch to correct bite problems.
There have been many different types of orthodontic bite adjustment procedures developed over the past few years and our doctor will conduct a complete evaluation of your mouth to determine which solutions are right for you. Our practice uses 3-D imaging to determine the results of various treatment options; all the details of each applicable option are discussed with you so that you can make an informed decision based on your lifestyle. Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces because of their great reliability. Clear ceramic braces are the option that is virtually invisible because no metal or thick plastic wires or brackets are placed on the teeth, these braces in Lakewood Ranch use clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets and clear plastic arch wires to move teeth. Our practice also offers lingual braces, which put the brackets and wires out of sight on the back of the teeth.
Our practice also offers aligners, which are clear plastic trays to gradually push the teeth into the proper position. If aligners are the treatment option of choice our staff will send the detailed 3-D imaging to the company who fabricates a custom series of aligners specifically for your treatment. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and then replaced by the next aligner in the series until all of them have been used and your teeth are straight. Generally, there are 13 – 48 aligners in the series depending on each particular case. Aside from the invisibility another big advantage that aligners have over traditional braces in Lakewood Ranch is that they are removable by the patient. It’s as easy as just taking them out of your mouth. This allows our patients to remove the aligners when they eat and when they brush their teeth. So, if you’ve been thinking of straightening your teeth and correcting an uneven bite make an appointment with our office to see which orthodontic options are right for you.