Creating a Beautiful Smile with Orthodontic Braces

by Eung-Soo Kim, D.D.S., M.A., Ph.D. (American Board Certified Orthodontist at A+ Dental Clinic), 10/02/2010

People visit their dentists with various orthodontic needs. Some complain about problems referred to by dentists as malocclusions, such as underbites, overbites, cross bites, and open bites; while others want to correct crooked teeth, crowding teeth, misplaced midline, spaces between teeth, or other kinds of flaws of their teeth and jaws.
Complex bite issues cause discomfort eating and talking, and can result in difficulty maintaining good oral hygiene, extra stress on the chewing muscles, or furthermore, the loss of teeth due to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even minor misalignments can cause people to avoid smiling and showing their teeth. Therefore, be it for oral health and/or cosmetic reasons, more and more people are looking into having their teeth aligned.

Following a comprehensive examination at a dental office, an orthodontist can determine which orthodontic treatment is best suited for you. There are several types of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth.

Traditional metal braces are the most common fixed appliances. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces consist of brackets and arch wires. While they used to be a hassle to wear for many reasons, today’s metal braces are much more comfortable, smaller, lighter, and show less metal than ever before.

Ceramic braces are another modern option. Although they use a similar structure and design as metal braces, they are made of clear materials, which makes them an attractive options for  older teenagers and adults in particular. The brackets used with ceramic braces may be larger than their metal counterparts, however they are much less prominent and look a little more attractive.     

Lingual braces are much less visible than either metal or ceramic braces. Because they are custom made fixed appliances bonded to the back of the teeth, they are invisible to other people. As such, they are ideal for people, who for social or career reasons, don’t want others to see that they are wearing braces. APlus has fitted a famous Korean movie star with lingual braces for that very reason.

A combination of the words ‘invisible’ and ‘alignment’, Invisaligns are today’s most popular alternative to traditional braces for adults. Since invisaligns are a series of clear and removable aligners that require replacement only once or twice a month, they provide several benefits over traditional braces: First, no one can tell you are wearing the aligners. Second, it is easy to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Third, it is comfortable to eat and drink. Moreover, they don’t cause irritation to your mouth to the same extent traditional braces tend to do.

Other than the major orthodontic appliances mentioned above, miniscrews and combi-braces are used as well. Each appliance offers its own advantages and drawbacks. The best option for the best result can be decided depending on the severity of each case and types of malocclusions. Therefore, the first step to achieve your beautiful smile is to schedule a full examination and consult with your orthodontist.

For more information on APlus (A+) Dental, see our listing in the K4E Directory.

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