“I bet Picasso never had to deal with this,” you think to yourself as your dog runs off on another adventure. You’re sitting there holding your brush and palette of paint wondering what to do next. “This is probably why artists paint things that don’t move, like fruit bowls,” you continue. You previously had been very engrossed in your work, but now you get a chance to reflect on what you’ve done. The first thing you notice is how you painted the dog’s teeth. Something just doesn’t look right. You wonder if this is what people think when they see your crooked teeth as well. You know you could easily get your teeth straightened by going to see the orthodontist in Richardson, TX, but you have so many questions. What are they going to recommend? How long does it take? Do I have to get braces? You now have more options than ever.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces have gotten a very colorful reputation over the years thanks to shows like Ugly Betty and movies like A Christmas Story. These characters are usually not portrayed in the most flattering light. Fortunately, orthodontics has progressed quite a bit since the 70’s. Traditional metal braces are one of the most reliable ways to straighten teeth. They have been used for years due to their consistency and durability. They still work in the same basic way, using brackets and wires to create slight movements in the teeth, but the brackets themselves, long a source of discomfort and inconvenience, are smaller and sleeker than ever. This is the most cost effective option in orthodontics and is often the best option for children and teens. Typical treatment using braces can last anywhere from 12-24 months.
The more image conscious adult might not want to wear metal braces, and this is where Invisalign can help them. Invisalign works by having the patient wear a progressive series of plastic aligner trays. Each one is designed in a slightly different shape to help gradually bring the teeth into alignment. The trays are also removable, unlike braces, which enables the patient to eat and clean their teeth as they would normally. They are also virtually invisible when worn, so patients can have them in while talking or working and not be self-conscious. Invisalign can take anywhere from 8-18 months depending on the needs of a particular patient.
For those who have traditional metal braces but want to drastically reduce the time needed for them to take full effect, Acceledent can serve to make this happen. After you have had the braces applied to your teeth, you will occasionally use the Acceledent device to gently vibrate them for about 20 minutes a day. It works by having you place your teeth onto a mouthpiece that is connect to a hand-held device which generates the vibrations. These vibrations take advantage of the slight movement already occurring in your teeth and magnifies them so they align more quickly.
Which One Should I Choose?
You should choose an orthodontist in Richardson that can offer you a wide variety of options and expertise. Only then can they guarantee you will get the type of care that best suits your needs. If you are looking to have your teeth straightened, please call us at Breckinridge Dental and Orthodontics today so we can see which treatment best suits your smile.