When you begin the process of straightening your teeth, you may be unsure of what to expect. Whether you are about to start orthodontic treatment for your child, or you yourself are looking to adjust your teeth, the process can feel daunting. There is no way of knowing how long it will take to straighten your teeth, or what the best corrective method will be, until your orthodontist takes a look at you. Orthodontic treatment can take time, but the results are important. Not only will you enjoy a better-looking smile, you can actually reduce your risk for oral health issues, including TMJ problems.
Advanced Imaging Can Help Your Orthodontist Prepare For Your Adjustment
Orthodontic technology has improved on the ways in which your orthodontist can examine your alignment issues. Rather than needing you to make a manual impression by biting into a mold (an unpleasant experience for many), digital images can be taken.
Finding Out What Kind Of Treatment Is Right For You
The treatment you need will depend on the condition of your teeth. Some people have alignment issues that are not especially serious. These patients may qualify for Invisalign, a corrective method that does not require the traditional bracket-and-wire arrangement of braces. Invisalign provides a series of oral trays, made from clear plastic, that you can remove when you eat, and clean your teeth. If you do not qualify for this discreet treatment, but are still concerned about your appearance, you can talk to your orthodontist about tooth-colored brackets. These brackets are made from ceramic, which makes them harder to see because they camouflage well against your tooth enamel.