How Should You Straighten Your Teeth?
You’ve got a big decision to make. It’s a decision that will have immediate consequences for the next two years.
It’s a decision that will affect the rest of your life.
It’s time to decide how you will straighten your teeth. Will you get braces? If so, what kind? Or will you try ClearCorrect instead?
In today’s post, we want to help you understand some of the pros and cons of each treatment. If you have specific questions about your situation, we recommend scheduling a consultation at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI. If you live in or near our area, Hubbard & Leath Dental wants to help you make the right decision for you.
Will Work On: Nearly all alignment problems, from mild to severe
How It Works: If you get traditional metal braces, we will apply brackets to your teeth. We will run a wire (called an archwire) between the brackets. The brackets and wires work together to exert pressure on your teeth. This allows them to push or pull your teeth in the direction that you want them to go.
Some braces also use rubber bands, called ligatures, to assist in this process.
How Long Will It Take: Your treatment time may vary depending on the specifics of your situation. On average, people who get braces wear them for about two years.
What Else Should You Know: Braces will work given enough time.
If you do get braces, be aware that they will be visible to other people.
They can be uncomfortable when you get them and each time they are adjusted.
To protect your braces, you should avoid eating certain foods and you should be diligent about your oral hygiene. Eating foods that are too hard or too sticky can cause your brackets to come loose.
If you play sports or participate in other high-impact activities, talk to our dentists about the proper precautions you should take to protect your braces.
Will Work On: Like metal braces, these will work on mild, moderate and severe alignment problems.
How It Works: From a functional standpoint, these are nearly identical to metal braces. Again, we will apply brackets to your teeth. We will run an archwire between them. You may have ligatures to assist in the process of pushing and pulling your teeth.
How Long Will It Take: Again, this will take around two years although it may be a little shorter or longer depending on your situation.
What Else Should You Know: One of the reasons to consider ceramic braces is that they are more discreet than metal braces. The brackets can closely match the color of your teeth which will make them less noticeable.
As with metal braces, you will feel these when they are attached and adjusted. You will need to avoid certain foods to reduce your risk of popping a bracket loose or damaging an archwire.
You also will want to talk to our dentists about the proper precautions to take while participating in high-impact activities.
Will Work On: These are recommended for mild and moderate alignment issues.
How It Works: Instead of brackets, you will wear hard plastic aligners. Each aligner pushes your teeth a little more until your teeth are in the position you want them to be.
How Long Will It Take: As with braces, this will depend on your situation. Some mild problems can be treated in less than a year while more serious issues could take a couple years to correct.
What Else Should You Know: The aligners are transparent. These are the most discreet method of straightening your teeth that we offer.
You can remove the aligners, which has certain benefits. This will allow you to eat whatever food you like, and you won’t have to do anything different when brushing or flossing your teeth (besides cleaning the aligners).
To get the best results, you will need to leave the aligners in for at least 22 hours per day during your treatment.
A Quick Thought On Relapse
No matter which treatment you choose to straighten your teeth, you will need to wear a retainer for a short time to conclude your treatment.
The reason for this is to prevent relapse, which is when your teeth drift back toward their original position. The retainer helps your teeth adjust to their new positions.
You Don’t Have To Decide On Your Own
We understand that straightening your teeth is a major decision. Our dentists can answer any questions you have about your treatment options. If you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI, make plans to visit Hubbard & Leath Dental before your treatment starts.