Millions of people in the United States have problems with malocclusion. Malocclusion is a professional term that describes conditions such as cross bites, overbites, under bites, gaps and the like. Malocclusion occurs for a wide variety of reasons such as genetic predispositions, teeth grinding, accidents and more. People who have crooked teeth sometimes suffer from low self-esteem, and they often hold back their smiles because of such. A compassionate orthodontist can help such a person to rebuild self-confidence and esteem with one or several of the following alignment correction methods:
Traditional metal braces and brackets are the most reliable solution of them all because of their sturdiness and proven effectiveness over the years. Traditional braces are a reliable source of correction for many people. The downside to traditional braces over other corrective methods are the discomfort of tightening and the blatancy of the corrective device. Peers, co-workers, family members and friends will know that the person is wearing braces if that person chooses the traditional method.
Self-ligating braces are a step beyond traditional metal braces. First, they are lighter than traditional braces are, which provides the patient with additional comfort. Secondly, self-ligating braces go through their own tightening process. Patients have less tightening visits and shorter treatment times.
Clear aligners are an amazing breakthrough for today’s orthodontic patients. Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign allow the patient to have total freedom to remove the device for teeth cleaning and eating. Clear aligner systems have shorter treatment times than traditional braces do, and they allow the patient to be discreet. No one but the aligner wearer will know that he or she is receiving treatment for crooked teeth. Additionally, plastic aligner systems can correct the teeth in less than one year in some cases.
A prospective patient can contact a local orthodontist and ask some questions about teeth correction devices. The specialist at the firm will help the interested person to find the device that will work best for him or her. The orthodontist will help the person to choose something that fits into that person’s budget and the lifestyle.