What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that involves correcting abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. These abnormalities can be any number of cosmetic or functional problems. Our dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care, offer several options in the world of orthodontics that include short-term orthodontics, specifically Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles. We have confidence that either of these options will leave you with a fantastic smile that you can show off for years to come!
What does Orthodontics Treat?
While many individuals are drawn to orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons, including straightening crooked or protruding teeth, orthodontics is frequently necessary to prevent or correct:
- Wearing down of tooth enamel
- Speech problems
- Spacing and bite problems
- Jaw misalignment
- Gum disease
- Damage to the inner cheeks and tongue
The majority of patients who need orthodontic care are children who need treatment to assist in normal jaw growth and correctly aligning permanent teeth when they grow in. Therefore, whenever possible, orthodontic treatment should be done when patients are young to ensure optimal treatment results. However, adults sometimes need to have orthodontic treatment as well and can receive care when necessary.
Types of Short-Term Orthodontics
Traditional forms of orthodontics such as metal braces can take years to get your teeth into the desired straight position. With short-term orthodontics, you will no longer have to wait years to see your straight smile. At Clear Lake Dental Care, the types of orthodontics that we offer are different but are both very effective. Both Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles are known for their smile-changing ability because either one will leave you with a beautiful smile.
Dr. Das details the orthodontic treatments Clear Lake Dental Care offers.
Invisalign, or clear braces, have become widely known as the main alternative to traditional metal braces. They work using retainer-like clear aligners that slowly straighten your smile. They not only straighten your smile, but they also do it without giving you a metal smile.
Another great advantage of Invisalign is that the clear aligners are removable. Though you will be required to wear them for at least 22 hours a day, you will be able to remove them so you can comfortably eat and clean your teeth after eating.
Six Month Smiles
Six month smiles take what traditional metal braces do and put a twist on the process to make the treatment last an average of only six months. While six month smiles still use brackets and wires, they are tooth-colored instead of silver and they will straighten your smile faster.
This means you won’t have to deal with the brackets and wires as long as you would if you had traditional metal braces. Why put yourself through extra months of treatment to have straight teeth when you can have your teeth straightened using one of our short-term orthodontic options?
“Dr. Das is by far the best dentist I have ever had. He and his wonderful staff are intelligent, thoughtful, patient and extremely courteous. My teeth after one year on Invisalign look fabulous!!! Not to mention the extra touches of care he takes with my teeth! Go and experience for yourself.” – Holly
Common Questions About Orthodontic Treatment
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