Orthodontics is the study and treatment of improper bites or “malocclusions.” Orthodontics align teeth, which enhances their appearance but also corrects an improper bite. When combined with cosmetic procedures like laser teeth whitening, orthodontics can transform a plain or unattractive smile into a glamorous one. Innovations in orthodontics leave patients with more choices than ever before. The following applications are available to patients who need to correct tooth alignment:
Metal Braces: Metal braces are the most traditional means of correcting alignment, and contemporary applications are completely different than their thick, uncomfortable predecessors! Contemporary metal braces are thin, sleek, and more quickly removed than those worn in prior decades. These can be used to correct the broadest range of alignment issues.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces match metal braces in form—but their coloration and texture look similar to teeth, so they are harder to detect. Ceramic is strong, but not as tough as metal; therefore, these braces, while more attractive, are slightly less durable than metal braces.
Veneers: In some cases, porcelain veneers, or adhesions, can help correct alignment, but veneers are not sufficient to address most alignment issues. See the difference veneers can make on shows like the popular makeover series “Style by Jury.”
Invisalign: This is a modern application involving clear aligners that fit over the teeth and can be removed for eating and brushing. This application corrects many but not all alignment issues.
With so many choices to correct alignment, there is no reason to have crooked teeth—especially if they cause issues in eating, sleeping, comfort, or the appearance of your smile. Individuals who are interested in straightening their teeth can visit a local cosmetic dentist and explore each option. For porcelain veneers Toronto residents count on the experienced dentists at Toronto Smile Makeovers.