Exploring the different types of orthodontic treatment for a perfect smile

At Smith & Van Lierop Dentistry, we believe that everyone deserves a smile they’re proud to show off! That’s why we offer a range of orthodontic treatments to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. 

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specialising in correcting irregularities of the teeth and jaws. For example, when your teeth or jaws do not align properly, it’s necessary to have orthodontic treatment. Without treatment, you can experience crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite or crossbite, leading to problems with chewing, speech, and even breathing.

Orthodontic treatment can also help prevent issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw joint problems by improving the overall alignment of the teeth and jaws. 

In addition to improving your oral health, orthodontic treatment can also have significant aesthetic benefits. A straight, beautiful smile can boost your confidence and enhance your overall appearance, improving self-esteem and social interactions.

What are braces?

Braces are orthodontic appliances used to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites. They consist of brackets, wires and bands attached to the teeth and adjusted periodically to gradually move them into their desired position. 

Types of braces

Traditional metal braces

If you think of braces, traditional metal braces come to mind. They consist of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth. While they are the most noticeable type of braces, they’re also the most cost-effective. Plus, you can customise them with different coloured bands to make them fun.

Ceramic braces

If you’re looking for a more discreet option, ceramic braces may be the way to go. These work just like traditional metal braces but are made of clear or tooth-coloured materials, making them less noticeable. They’re a great option if you want the effectiveness of traditional braces without the chunky metal.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are another discreet orthodontic treatment. They work like traditional metal braces, but the brackets and wires are attached to the backs of your teeth, making them completely invisible from the front. You’ll still get the same great results, but no one will know you’re wearing braces.

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners, like Invisalign®, have become increasingly popular in recent years. They’re made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible when worn. You’ll wear a series of aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place. Plus, they are removable, so you can eat your favourite foods and brush and floss your teeth as usual.

Our friendly and efficient staff help create a personalised treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and budget, and we will be with you every step of the way to ensure your treatment is successful.

With the proper orthodontics treatment, you can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. We want to help you achieve the smile you want — contact us today to schedule a consultation.