Do you or your child have a tooth alignment problem and are you looking for the best local orthodontist for quality braces?
Keep in mind that traditional metal braces are only one among several options when it comes to braces and other tooth realignment devices. What you really want is a local Port Orange area orthodontist with a sterling reputation, who also offers a variety of options when it comes to braces and orthodontic care in general.
At Beauchamp Orthodontics in Port Orange, Florida, we give you all the options – from the most traditional to the most cutting-edge. We are here for you to meet all of your orthodontic needs!
Here are the major options that every orthodontic patient should be aware of when they are considering having braces put in their mouth.
1. Traditional Metal Braces Are Still Number One
Even though there are other more modern ways available now to straighten out misaligned teeth, there is no question that traditional metal braces remain the most commonly chosen option for tooth realignment.
Metal braces have advanced a lot over the years. They are not irrelevant or a bad choice just because they have been around for many decades. Today’s braces are actually stronger, more effective, comfortable, safer, and quicker than the braces you may be familiar with from a childhood experience.
Some modern metal braces are self-litigating, but if you do need to have the wires adjusted, it can be done faster and easier than in the past (think simple, quick appointments!) Additionally, it is possible to get same-day braces put in in a single appointment at Beauchamp Orthodontics- great for those with busy schedules!
There are some very tough tooth misalignment (malocclusion in “dental talk”) problems that require metal braces to be used. But in most cases, you could also consider some of the other options explained below.
2. Have You Ever Heard of “Clear Braces?”
Many people don’t like the idea of everyone seeing metal all over their smile for one to three years during treatment with braces. Thankfully, there are options that help hide the braces and make them less noticeable.
“What are clear braces?” you may be asking. Clear braces are basically just like metal braces except that they are made out of ceramic or another material that is clear or light-colored. The coloration, if any, may be similar to that of your natural teeth to help the brackets blend in better.
There will still be wires, and you will still have to be careful what you eat and drink and how you clean your teeth during the treatment period, as with regular metal braces. The archwire, however, is often white to help hide it better. Overall, clear braces make wearing braces a little more “discreet.”
3. Invisalign & Spark Clear Aligners
One of the most revolutionary inventions in modern orthodontics is the development of modern clear acrylic aligner trays that can gently nudge misaligned teeth back into their proper positions just like traditional braces.
“Invisible” aligners are transparent so that it is very difficult for anyone to know you are wearing them unless you specifically tell them. The trays are custom-made just for your mouth, both your upper and lower teeth. You wear an aligner for about 2 weeks and then exchange it for the next aligner, which picks up where the first one left off in realigning your teeth.
You can remove the aligner trays to eat whatever you want or to engage in strenuous physical activities. You can remove them in order to brush and floss your teeth. Thus, there are virtually zero lifestyle limitations when you wear aligners, which can be quite different from wearing traditional metal braces.
There are also fewer orthodontic appointments with clear aligners, and treatment is usually shorter – 6 to 18 months.
4. You Child May Need Expanders
Many times, young children who suffer from a tooth misalignment issue are better off with a two-step treatment plan. That means that dental expanders will be worn first to help prepare the mouth for braces later on
You want to make sure your orthodontist is adept at dealing with expanders and with braces for small children.
5. Schedule an Orthodontic Check-up
Even if you are not yet sure if you or your child need braces or another form of orthodontic treatment, you should schedule an orthodontic check-up to find out.
Any child age 7 or 8 and up is ready for an orthodontic assessment. If you catch tooth misalignments early, that increases the ability to more easily and quickly treat them.
To learn more about braces and about orthodontic care in general, to talk to a professional orthodontist about your teeth, or to schedule an appointment at your convenience, contact Beauchamp Orthodontics in Port Orange, FL, today!