The prospect of getting orthodontic treatment no longer features the dreaded “train tracks” of the 1980s. Plenty of sitcoms in the 80s had a stereotypical main character who wore headgear and had a social life that suffered dearly for it. The options today include improvements in appearance, comfort, and results. Besides updated stainless steel braces, consider the many different types of orthodontic treatment.
Metal is one option for braces used in orthodontic treatment. A more inconspicuous alternative is ceramic braces. A durable white ceramic material is used as the brackets in ceramic braces. The brackets are translucent to better match the shade of natural teeth. Ceramic braces are a strong, budget-friendly option for patients who desire a less obvious look.
Lingual braces are an orthodontic treatment that goes “incognito.” These braces are placed on the tongue-side surface of the teeth. Not only are they great for players of wind instruments, but also for adults and athletes. In addition, any patient who prefers a completely undetected look for braces may be a candidate.
Should braces and fashion be used in the same sentence? Wild smiles is an orthodontic treatment that’s a trendy option for children and teens. Wild smiles is all about choices. Besides customizing the rubber band colors, the brackets are available in shapes like stars and footballs.
The Damon system of orthodontic treatment looks most similar to traditional braces. However, rubber bands are not used. Instead, a shape-memory arch wire through the bracket slots promotes gradual, low friction, shape-induced alignment of the teeth. The resulting grins are thought to be broad with a less flat front profile.
The orthodontic treatment gaining tremendous popularity is Invisalign. Clear trays are used to promote dental alignment. The trays are custom fit via molds of the mouth and are exchanged to promote a gradually straighter smile. No bonding on the teeth is needed, and the trays are removable for eating and cleaning.
If you’re interested in the different types of orthodontic treatments that are much different that the 80s “train tracks” and headgear, set up your first appointment with Homegrown Orthodontics today!