Woodruff Teeth Straightening

Teeth StraighteningWoodruff, WI

People may be quick to decide the straight teeth are mainly for appearance when straighter teeth can also lead to a higher level of oral health. While other people assume that patients only need to straighten teeth during their childhood with braces, many adults end up searching for teeth straightening options later in life.

While straightening a child’s teeth at a young age can help the child grow up with healthy teeth, not all parents seek an orthodontist for their child. With our teeth straightening solutions, we can help patients of varying ages receive the treatment they need to have straight and healthy smiles.

If you are searching for a teeth straightening solution that meets your needs, we have multiple options to consider.

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Type of Teeth Straightening Options

The process of straightening teeth involves gradually shifting the teeth into alignment using various orthodontic tools. As an orthodontist, we specialize in straightening teeth, which can also help to:

  • Correct crooked teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Correct malocclusion (bite issues such as overbite and underbite)
  • Straighten a row of teeth
  • Help correct jaw issues

  • The option a patient chooses to straighten their teeth will vary on a couple of factors. Age, the state of the individual’s teeth and the individual’s desires for treatment are several of the factors to consider. For instance, clear aligner trays are much more discreet than braces but require more responsibility for proper care.

    Thus, a child who is only 10-years-old may not be the best candidate for aligner. During a consultation, we will examine the patient’s teeth and determine which option is the most effective treatment for each patient. Here are three types of straightening options that we offer.

    Traditional Braces

    While some people may be against traditional braces, the reality is that they are effective, sturdy and reliable. However, people believe the stereotypes of braces being bulky or taking a long time to work. This stereotype is partly due to the dental technology of several decades ago. Thanks to advancements in technology, braces are smaller and more efficient than ever before.

    With braces, we can ensure the patient’s teeth straighten into proper alignment. Along with that, braces are not removable so patients will not have to worry about losing them as with some other options. We will use a type of dental glue to attach metal brackets to each tooth and then connect them with a metal wire. We will gradually tighten the wire at regular checkup appointments to adjust the teeth over time.

    Braces can take anywhere from 12 to almost two years, sometimes longer. This will depend on the patient’s age and how well the patient takes care of his or her teeth during the treatment. We will go over the various dietary restrictions that people must follow with braces during the initial consultation.

    Ceramic Braces

    There are multiple forms of braces, each with their own sets of pros and cons. Similar to traditional metal braces, the main difference is that ceramic braces blend in with surrounding teeth. Ceramic braces consist of brackets with a tooth-colored material. Along with that, some may even use tooth-colored wires.

    This will make the braces more difficult to notice unless people are up close. Ceramic braces take the same amount of time as metal braces. There is one area in which people need to be more careful with ceramic braces, eating food. If food gets stuck in the wires or brackets, they will be more noticeable since they are clear. This can make any bits of food more noticeable in a smile.

    Invisalign®

    Invisalign is a set of clear, removable aligners that patients can use to straighten teeth discreetly. This process involves creating a series of aligners based on a mold and scans of the patient’s teeth. The scans will help to project a map of where the patient’s teeth will be with each new set of aligner trays. The patient will wear one set for about two weeks before switching to the next one.

    Invisalign aligners do not require as many checkup appointments and are removable. Patients only need to wear the aligner tray for 22 hours a day, so they can remove them for participating in sports, presentations, pictures, weddings and more. However, patients need to brush their teeth before and after inserting the aligners into their mouth.

    Since these aligners are clear, they are much less noticeable and do not require any wires or brackets. Invisalign aligners can take anywhere from 12 to 14 months, depending on how well the patient sticks to the treatment plan.