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Few treatments yield such dramatic results as orthodontics. Regardless of whether you fix your smile with conventional metal braces or more modern clear aligners, the result is one that will have you smiling brightly for years to come.
At Orthodontic Alliances, we offer multiple orthodontic solutions, including metal braces and clear aligners. Which solution is right for you depends on a variety of factors that can be discussed during your appointment. Fortunately, both solutions are gentle, effective, and produce great results.
If you are ready to achieve a smile you can show off with pride, learn more about the solutions we offer at Orthodontic Alliances to get a better idea of which one may work for you.
Metal Braces for Straight Teeth
When it comes to orthodontics, metal braces are the best-known tool for straightening teeth. It’s important to note that conventional metal braces have changed drastically in the last few years. They aren’t the same bulky metal device they used to be but instead are now more discreet and comfortable for people who want to improve the look and function of their teeth.
For a patient who is eligible for conventional braces, we bond small metal or porcelain brackets to the front of the teeth, then connect them with an archwire. We then gradually adjust the tightness of the wire to steadily, gently move the teeth into their optimal position. We can replace the wire with a thicker wire as needed to obtain the desired results.
With metal braces, patients can expect to visit our office every six to eight weeks on average. That way we can keep an eye on your progress and make adjustments as needed. While placing your braces, we will share tips on keeping your teeth clean, as well as how to properly brush and floss when brackets and wires can make it more difficult.
Clear Aligners to Straighten Teeth
For patients who want a more discreet way to straighten their teeth, Invisalign clear aligners may be the perfect solution. Instead of brackets and wires, clear aligners use a transparent, removal aligner that is worn over the teeth. On average, clear aligners are replaced every 2-3 weeks to ensure your teeth are gently being properly repositioned.
Clear aligners work by applying gentle but necessary pressure, over time. With clear aligners, patients must be disciplined about wearing them at all times or the treatment will take longer or the desired results won’t be achieved. Because clear aligners are removable, they must also be cleaned properly. Fortunately, with clear aligners, cleaning your teeth is simple because there are no brackets or wires that make brushing and flossing difficult.
Are you ready to have the smile you’ve been dreaming about? Contact Orthodontic Alliances online or call the office nearest to you:
- Michigan City – 219-809-6584
- Portage – 219-841-7795
- St. John – 219-440-6512
We look forward to discussing your options with you and getting you on track toward a straighter, more radiant smile.