A straight smile is important for more than just how your teeth look. It also contributes to your self-esteem. By moving your teeth into their correct positions, it adds to your confidence while also improving your oral health. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You also lessen the potential for dental emergencies or a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. As your orthodontist in Richardson, Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics have the solutions children, teens, and adults need for a healthy, straight smile.
Metal braces are the most traditional orthodontic treatment because they are effective for correcting even the most complex bite and alignment issues. Brackets are attached to your teeth to hold a wire in place. Gradual adjustments to the wire over time pull your teeth into their ideal positions. On average, it takes about 12-24 months to complete your treatment.
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As an alternative to traditional braces, many adults have come to prefer the discreetness of Invisalign. Impressions of your mouth are used to design a series of clear plastic aligners. You wear them over your teeth for about 22 hours per day. Every 1 to 2 weeks you switch to a new aligner in the series to move your teeth. Depending on your individual treatment, it takes about 12 months to finish the series.
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Both treatments provide the same high-quality results, so the right option really comes down to your personal preferences. We perform a comprehensive consultation to assess the alignment of your teeth and bite while taking the time to discuss your lifestyle. We help you choose a solution that accommodates your desires while also being effective to treat your individual concerns.
While undergoing your orthodontic treatment, it is best to care for your teeth properly to prevent any unexpected complications interrupting your journey to a straight smile. Besides brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing every night, there are a few other changes you must keep in mind.
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Do not eat or drink anything except water while wearing the aligners.
Rinse your aligners with water before placing them back into your mouth.
Store the aligners in a clear safe place when you remove them.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap to clean your aligners daily.
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Avoid any foods that may break the wires or brackets, such as overly hard, sticky, or chewy foods.
Carefully floss around the brackets and in between each tooth every day.
Visit your dentist regularly for adjustments.
It is never too late to get a straight, healthy smile. If you are ready to invest in your confidence and your oral health, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We will help you choose the best orthodontic treatment to meet your needs and your lifestyle.