If you know that you need orthodontic treatment, braces are typically a good solution. Before you take the plunge, it is important to learn more about the options you have for treatment, as well as some of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. The following points are important to consider before receiving braces:
Discreet Options are Available
If you don’t want anyone to notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you have several options. Clear aligners like Invisalign slip over your teeth and take on the role of braces. However, they only work for mild orthodontic issues. Your orthodontist will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for this type of orthodontic correction. You can also have lingual braces mounted to the back of your teeth to hide traditional brackets and wires from sight. Ceramic braces feature brackets that are clear or the same color as your teeth, making them less noticeable.
Your Orthodontic Treatment won’t be over when your Braces come Off
When the day finally arrives and your braces are removed, you’ll likely be relieved and exhilarated to see your amazing smile. Even though the most difficult part of your treatment will be complete, it isn’t over: you’ll need to wear a retainer every day and night for at least six months. Once this period has passed, you will need to wear it at night for at least a year. Some orthodontists even recommend that you continue to wear your retainer at night for the rest of your life.
Braces will help you be Healthier
While braces make your teeth look better, they can also make it easier to keep your teeth clean; clean teeth are healthier teeth. Correcting an uneven jaw can also help you steer clear of serious problems like TMJ and sleep apnea.
If you are serious about getting braces, you will first need to set up a consultation with your orthodontist. After a careful evaluation of your teeth, your orthodontist will be able you select the best treatment method for you. You can also discuss all of your questions and concerns with them as you prepare for the journey to a fantastic smile.
The office of M. Scott Runnels is proud to provide a broad range of high quality orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments to patients in the Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Freeport, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Panama City Beach, and Panama City areas of Florida. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment, contact us today!