Gaffney, SC Orthodontist
When teeth are properly aligned, they're easier to clean. When your teeth are clean and dental plaque-free, you're less likely to need a tooth filling or gum disease treatment. If you've been experiencing nagging headaches and neck pain, wearing braces can help correct misaligned jaw joints, which may be the source of the problem. Braces can also help prevent excessive wear of your teeth and help you chew better.
Fortunately, today's dental braces have come a long way from the days of "tin grins" and metal mouths. So if you're reading this because you're considering taking the braces plunge, you'll be thrilled to learn that you can get your smile back on track without sacrificing appearance or comfort!
Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth, moving them gradually over time. Most of this pressure is applied by a metal wire called an archwire. The archwire is attached to tiny brackets placed on each tooth. These brackets used to wrap all the way around the tooth creating the look of a "metal mouth"; now they're tiny and glued on the front of each tooth. Rubber bands called ligatures go around the brackets and put added pressure on the teeth.
Type of Braces:
Clear Braces feature brackets made of ceramic or composite materials which blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice. They're suitable in many situations, but they cost a little more
Lingual Braces offer the most unnoticeable form of orthodontic treatment because they are attached to the back (tongue side) of the teeth, where they cannot be seen at all.
The Invisalign braces system uses a series of clear, removable aligners. The biomechanics of Invisalign are exactly the same as traditional metal dental braces. The series of custom-made aligners press directly on the teeth to exert pressure and gradually move them into place.
Invisalign braces are transparent and virtually invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign can be used for virtually any type of malocclusion with positive results. While a lisp is common during
the first day or two of wear, you'll get used to the fit in no time.
The ClearCorrect transparent orthodontic aligner system is a comfortable, lifestyle-friendly alternative to braces. Practically invisible, these innovative clear braces are an ideal solution
for people who want to improve the appearance of their smile without calling undue attention to their teeth in the process. Thanks to ClearCorrect and similar aligner systems it's now
possible to straighten teeth without braces, wires and brackets.
Unlike traditional wire and ceramic dental braces, which are "permanently" cemented in place, ClearCorrect clear braces use a series of custom-made removable aligners to straighten your
teeth. Designed to work in stages, each transparent aligner moves your teeth just a tiny bit so that over time your teeth eventually straighten. In addition to improving the appearance of
your smile, ClearCorrect clear braces can straighten and align teeth that are crooked or turned. ClearCorrect aligners work whether your teeth are crowded or spaced and can correct most
overbites and underbites.