Most people aspire to have a beautiful, flawless smile. To achieve this goal, they seek orthodontic treatments. If you feel self-conscious about your smile, orthodontic treatments could significantly improve how your smile looks and how you feel about it. At Full Smile Orthodontics, we can give you a comfortable orthodontic experience, and our practice is committed to providing you quality care.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic applications are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They could consist of brackets cemented to the teeth or aligners that can be removed. By applying a constant, gentle, controlled force in a carefully planned direction, these orthodontic devices gradually move teeth to the correct position.
There are several orthodontic treatments that can be selected based on individual preferences and requirements. Factors such as costs and aesthetic purposes are the primary criterion for deciding the teeth straightening solutions. Traditional braces may mar the appearance of your smile but will not overly burden your pockets. In contrast, Invisalign aligners may give you an inconspicuous appearance while wearing the braces. And the latest materials are created to move teeth faster with more comfort.
How Long Do Orthodontic Treatments Take?
Treatment time varies and can take anywhere from one to two years. Several factors determine treatment time, including age, treatment method, and severity of the case. The more involved and diligent the patient is, the more efficient the treatment will be. For children, undergoing early treatment can also help provide a shorter treatment time. At the beginning of your orthodontic consultations, an assessment of your oral concerns will provide a clear timeframe on the duration of your treatment.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
- Metal braces are smaller and lighter than before. We could even offer some options to personalize them or make them more attractive, like elastic ties that are colored.
- Clear braces have brackets that are colored like the teeth, making them less noticeable. This is because these brackets are made of ceramic or composite materials instead of metal. They are suitable for most oral conditions, but they cost a little more.
- Clear aligners for teens are a set of removable clear plastic trays that are worn in a specific sequence planned to gradually straighten teeth. They were previously recommended only for adult patients, but now they come with unique features that make them suitable for teens concerned with their aesthetic appearance. The most significant advantage is that they are virtually invisible.
- Lingual braces offer the most inconspicuous form of orthodontic treatment because they are attached to the back of the teeth, where they are hidden from view.
If you are interested in learning more about our orthodontic treatments, visit us at Full Smile Orthodontics, at 6965 El Camino Real #201, Carlsbad, CA 92009, or call us at (760) 804-0080 and schedule an appointment.