Braces are a common orthodontic method to solving smile and bite issues. Whether you started with some mild spacing problems or you had extensive bite-correction, braces can solve a host of jaw and tooth troubles. That said, treatments are only as effective as a tool – the orthodontist placing them must know what they’re doing and how best to utilize that tool. Often patients come out on the other side of a lengthy and expensive course of treatment, only to find that their smile simply isn’t what they expected or they were promised. If you have experienced issues with your treatment, or are looking into orthodontic work for the first time, there are many options to consider.
Identifying Problems To Provide Solutions
Orthodontic correction can help with, among other things:
- Jaw misalignment
- Too much space between teeth
- Open bite
- Missing teeth
Your primary visits to an orthodontist will identify your primary concerns, and how to address them. Depending on the severity of the problems initially, your specialist will provide a course of action that may take a few months to a few years to correct. Length of treatment doesn’t always correspond to quality, however, and if you’re still questioning your success afterwards, it is completely worth getting a second consultation. You may find yourself with another problem, whether it’s a changed bite, or relapsed tooth position, and modern orthodontics may be able to help.
Modern Options – Invisalign
Especially if you had treatment years ago, or have a less-than-positive mental image of what it means to go to an orthodontist, familiarizing yourself with modern treatment strategies will help alleviate your anxiety. Gone are the days of “brace face”, “metal mouth” and whatever pejoratives that schoolyards can muster. Though traditional treatment – that is, small metal nodes attached on the front of your teeth, connected by a wire – still exists, current advances have given us more options, depending on your needed course of action. Invisalign, for instance, uses 3D imaging technology to map your mouth and provides a series of invisible, molded trays to comfortably and discreetly align your teeth. The clear, plastic molds stay in your mouth, coming out only to eat, drink, or brush, and get changed out every two weeks. Treatment takes on average 9 – 15 months, and the change takes place very gradually, but the time during treatment is not filled with the pain and frustration often associated with traditional metal equipment. Instead, you are much more free to eat what you’d like and brush and floss as normal. Invisalign also offers a straightforward pricing that definitely saves money over the hidden costs of traditional options over time, and your doctor can help you decide on what the best method of treatment will be for you, including cost and ultimate need.
Modern Options – Harmony And Incognito Lingual Orthodontics
Whereas traditional treatment focuses on metal nodes on the front of your teeth, Lingual options are placed behind your teeth. This makes for nearly undetectable solutions for you, even in the middle of your treatment. Harmony linguals are the first to be self-ligating, which means instead of bands that need replacing, there is a wire capable of the action of bringing teeth closer together. This drastically cuts office visits and treatment time, speeding up your success and being completely hidden in the process. Incognito brand linguals are the only 100% customized lingual treatments on the market. Using sophisticated imagery, they form to the backs of your teeth, cutting treatment time and staying out of the way of eating, sports, and your general appearance.
Lingual treatments in general have an advantage over aligners in that they don’t require removal over and over to eat, play sports, or perform with musical instruments.
Modern Options – Traditional Braces
If you previously had traditional, metal brackets, then you might have some prejudice here. Rest assured, the metal orthodontics from your youth have evolved immensely. Current traditionals are more comfortable, smaller, and more effective than they have ever been, and are still by far the most common means of solving orthodontic problems. If metal isn’t your thing, then you can opt for clear, ceramic models that are significantly less visible in your mouth while still providing the exceptional efficacy of their metal counterparts. In addition, if you’re not worried at all about the look of traditional varieties, you have many exciting color options for your rubber bands, allowing you to embrace and customize the look of your orthodontics. If this is your second correction, you may options you did not have the first time, i.e. if your treatment was too complicated for aligners the first time, it may be the perfect fit for you the second time around.
Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics
At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:
• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets
It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.
Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762