Orthodontics is an area of dental practice that deals with misaligned or badly-positioned teeth as well as problematic bite patterns. Through orthodontic treatment, our expert team can provide you the care needed to straighten your teeth so you can have the straight, beautiful smile you want and deserve.
The importance of orthodontic care
Orthodontic care is about more than just having a beautiful, straight smile. When teeth are not properly placed or aligned, this can cause problems to your bite pattern. Improper bite pattern can cause pain. Crooked teeth can make it more difficult to clean them properly, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. Straightening the teeth can lower these risks to help keep your smile healthy as well as beautiful.
The two primary methods of straightening your smile are traditional metal braces and Invisalign trays. We can help you decide the best orthodontic treatment for your teeth so you can get the results you want.
Traditional metal braces
When you get traditional braces, metal brackets are affixed to your teeth and connected by wire. Over the course of your treatment, the braces are tightened in the office to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The length of time you will need the braces will depend on your needs, but is often between 18 and 24 months. After they are removed, you may also need retainers or other dental devices for a time to complete the treatment process.
Just like with the treatment time, the cost of traditional metal braces varies. The average cost for braces is around $4,000.
Invisalign braces are an alternative to traditional metal braces. The system uses clear aligners worn over your teeth. The treatment includes multiple sets of aligners. As you progress through the aligner trays, they gently move your teeth into position. Most people use Invisalign braces for approximately 12 months, but the visual impact is often seen much more quickly compared to traditional metal braces. Unlike metal braces, the clear aligners can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, and fewer in-office visits are required for the treatment process. However, not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign braces. The aligners work best for those who need only minor adjustments to tooth alignment.
The average cost of Invisalign braces is similar to traditional metal braces, with the average cost between $3,000 and $5,000.
Though many people view orthodontic care as strictly cosmetic, making sure your teeth are aligned properly and you have a good bite pattern is important for dental health. Even straightening slightly crooked teeth can have a big impact, and will help you feel more confident in your smile. The care team at Mount Zion Dental is happy to provide you with the compassionate and comprehensive care you need.
Call (786) 671-4582 today to make an appointment to talk about your orthodontic needs.