When correcting misaligned teeth or bite issues, your doctor may recommend orthodontic treatment, commonly accomplished with either braces or clear aligner trays. This treatment creates a more attractive smile and alleviates certain issues resulting from a misaligned bite. Orthodontics can be used as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a comprehensive plan placing teeth in an optimal position prior to additional restorative procedures. At Birmingham Smiles Dentistry, we work with the best Orthodontists in the area to create a treatment plan that works best for you.
Traditional orthodontic treatment, or braces, involves attaching metal or ceramic brackets to the misaligned teeth, connecting them with a special wire that is incrementally adjusted to place the teeth and jaw in correct alignment. You will typically feel some tightness and soreness once placement is complete; this is normal and goes away after a couple of days. During regular follow up appointments your braces will be adjusted to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The amount of time for treatment varies with each patient depending on the extent of tooth movement needed to attain proper alignment. Once treatment is completed, your teeth will be in optimal alignment and your smile improved.
Clear aligner technology provides treatment via a series of custom fitted, clear plastic alignment trays that are worn over the teeth. To begin the process, the orthodontist takes an impression- or scans- your teeth and sends it to a lab for fabrication. The dental laboratory then generates a set of progressive trays that slowly move your teeth into the correct position over time. A new tray is swapped in at regular intervals until the desired alignment is reached. Once treatment is completed, your teeth will be in improved alignment and your smile improved. However, it is important to note that some alignment issues cannot be corrected with this technology; you should consult with your dentist and orthodontist to ensure that this treatment is appropriate for your situation.