Are you worried about your first trip to the orthodontist? It might help to learn more about the common orthodontist procedures. And, since we don’t want to let fear stop you from getting the oral care you need, we explain these procedures in the following guide.
You won’t find every procedure in this guide. But, in this quick, 5-minute read, you’ll most likely find the procedure that you’re going in for. This includes traditional fixed braces, invisible braces, headgear, and other teeth-straightening methods.
Read this guide and absorb this information to ease some of your concerns.
1. Traditional Fixed Braces
Orthodontists are most famous for those metal braces you’ve seen bonded to the teeth of many an adolescent. Obviously, this is one of the most common and affordable ways to straighten out a number of teeth alignment problems.
It’s also not only for adolescents. However, adults are often self-conscious about the appearance of fixed braces. Plus, they can usually afford less noticeable options, like invisible braces.
2. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are one of those less conspicuous options we talked about. They, too, are bonded to the teeth, like fixed braces.
But the bonding is done on the back of the teeth rather than the front. This makes them almost unnoticeable to onlookers.
Unfortunately, this option is less comfortable for the patient compared to traditional braces. Specifically, it feels strange against your tongue and is sometimes more painful.
Headgear is additional reinforcement for orthodontic treatment. It’s used in conjunction with fixed braces to realign the rear teeth or to secure them in place while other teeth are straightened.
Since they’re bulky and inconvenient, they are only worn at night. This way, it doesn’t interfere with daily activities like eating and talking.
A retainer is a removable mouthpiece that rests against the roof of the mouth and holds the patient’s teeth in place. This is used after teeth straightening procedures to ensure the teeth don’t migrate back to their original, misaligned state.
5. Removable Braces
Removable braces, like Invisalign, work the same way a retainer does. But, instead of holding the teeth in place, they are shifting the teeth into a more correct alignment.
For this, it’s necessary for your local orthodontist to create a 3D model of your teeth. Next, they make a model of the correct alignment your teeth will be in once the procedure is complete. Finally, the orthodontist creates a series of retainer-like removable braces that gradually shift your teeth into the corrected alignment.
This treatment is very popular because the thin, clear braces are so inconspicuous.
Talk to Your Local Orthodontist About These Orthodontist Procedures
If you still have concerns about these orthodontist procedures, don’t let that stop you. You can get some more information without committing to anything. Simply schedule an appointment with your local orthodontist to ask what orthodontic treatment options would be best for you.
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