Orthodontics is a rapidly evolving and growing field. As time goes by and technology continually develops, your orthodontic treatment choices become more numerous, and the effectiveness of your treatments improve. There has never been a better time when it comes to the range of options available to the orthodontic patient.
Orthodontic treatments are available in fixed and removable configurations to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. They place gentle pressure upon your jaws and teeth to correct your condition. Since no mouth is the same, each treatment is individually tailored to meet the unique situation. With that being said, some orthodontic treatments are more popular than others, and some treatments, such as teeth whitening, can be used after the treatment is complete for an even more beautiful smile.
When most people think of orthodontic treatments, they usually think of braces. This is probably because braces are the most popular type of appliance found in the field of orthodontic treatment. Most braces available are fixed, but a relatively new option is now available called Invisalign®, which utilizes clear, removable trays that are routinely rotated out so that your teeth are properly guided into their new positions.
Conventional braces come in the form of a system of brackets that use wires to pressure your teeth firmly and gently. A number of adjustments are necessary to shift your teeth into their new positions.
Palatal expanders are used when a patient needs assistance in the widening of their upper jaw to allow their upper and bottom teeth to meet properly. This is accomplished using an expander plastic plate fitting over the top of the mouth. It is adjustable to assist bone joints in the palate to open and widen the palatal area.
Retainers are a very common type of orthodontic appliance. They are useful in keeping teeth in their correct position so that they do not return to an improper position after treatment.
As mentioned earlier, Invisalign® braces use a series of clear aligners to gradually shift teeth just as fixed appliances do, except without the need for metal brackets and wires. The aligners used in the Invisalign® system are virtually invisible and removable for the purpose of eating, flossing and brushing. Fortunately, Dr. Lach is a top 1% provider for Invisalign® and the number one provider in Orlando for Invisalign®.
One of the most popular orthodontic treatments available at our office is actually used after the teeth have been straightened. Teeth whitening services help our patients to optimize their smile. It gives them more of a reason to flash their pearly whites.