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Adult Orthodontic Treatment Options

Most people think of adolescents in regards to orthodontic treatment, but many adults seek teeth straightening, as well. Whether it is to improve the look of your smile or to correct problems with your alignment, there are many options for adult orthodontic treatment.  [pullquote]Whether it is to improve the look of your smile or to correct problems with your alignment, there are many options for adult orthodontic treatment. [/pullquote]

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

The type of treatment you choose will depend upon the specific problems you have with your teeth and the recommendations of your dentist and orthodontist. Modern orthodontics offers options that are much less visible during your treatment, so if you’re concerned about wearing traditional braces because of the way they look, you can discuss other choices with your dentist. These include:

  • Invisalign—clear plastic trays used to move your teeth into position
  • Lingual braces—braces placed on the back, or lingual, side of the teeth
  • Porcelain braces—brackets made of tooth-colored porcelain rather than metal

These approaches to teeth straightening can help you be less self-conscious about your smile as you are undergoing treatment. This can be particularly important to people who work extensively with the public or who work as performers.

Choosing Your Orthodontic Treatment

While lingual and porcelain braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses a different system. Instead of braces and rubber bands to pull the teeth into position, this approach makes use of custom-made clear plastic trays that move your teeth a small distance at a time. The trays are practically invisible, and can be removed for short periods during your treatment.

The choice of what kind of treatment you use depends upon your preferences for your treatment as well as the type of problem you have with your teeth. Some types of alignment issues are better treated with traditional braces, while others can be treated successfully with Invisalign. Lingual braces can be used in many cases, but they have some limitations. They do not work well with patients who have small teeth or who have severe misalignment.

If you are in need of orthodontic treatment and would like more information about what approach is best for you, please contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan to schedule a consultation.

Why Do I Need Dental Checkups Every Six Months?

teeth cleaning cypressRegular dental checkups are a vital part of maintaining your oral and dental health. Most dentists recommend a checkup about every six months. Typically, you’ll have a teeth cleaning as well as an examination and other tests and treatments if you’re due for them. Without these regular checkups, problems can develop and become serious because your dentist does not have a chance to diagnose them promptly.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Although your front line of defense against cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems is your everyday care, regular visits to your dentist are also very important. Your dentist will address important issues that could be developing with your teeth and will perform tests and screenings. Various screenings and procedures your dentist can supply include:

  • X-rays
  • Digital photographs
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealant
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Screening for gum disease

With X-rays and digital photographs, your dentist can often find dental decay in very early stages, when it can be easily treated. Your oral hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that could lead to eventual decay and gum disease. An evaluation of your gums can also determine if you have gingivitis or even more serious types of gum disease.

These screenings are an important way for you and your dentist to determine if you have problems developing. The earlier problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer are detected, the more promptly they can be treated. Regular visits to the dental chair can help prevent severe long-term problems.

The Importance of Everyday Care

Your everyday oral care is also very important. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly and be sure to limit sweet, sticky foods that can cause tooth decay. Brushing and flossing removes food particles that can cling to your teeth and also helps stimulate your gums, which reduces the likelihood of gum disease.

To find out more about regular dental appointments, please contact our office at 281-256-6866 today.