The most well-known orthodontic devices are undoubtedly dental braces. We all know someone who has worn or is wearing braces. Fortunately, this method has evolved considerably in recent years and braces are now more discreet. They consist of small brackets (made of metal or ceramic) attached to the front of the teeth and connected to each other by a metal wire. This system exerts a gentle but constant pressure on the teeth to move them to an optimal position.
As an orthodontic treatment, braces simultaneously correct the position of teeth and require regular adjustments to maintain adequate tension. Visits every 6 to 8 weeks on average are therefore necessary for your dentist to monitor the progress of the treatment.
Wearing braces requires excellent oral hygiene as food debris and dental plaque can easily accumulate on the braces attached to the teeth. If hygiene is neglected, it can cause cavities and gum diseases, delaying or affecting the final result. Therefore, it is essential to follow the advice of your dentists and to have regular check-ups.
InvisalignTM invisible aligners
Invisible aligners are an option for those who seek a more discreet orthodontic treatment than traditional dental braces, as this type of treatment does not involve any brackets or metal wires.
Invisalignᴹᴰ aligners serve the same purpose as traditional braces by realigning teeth, closing gaps, and correcting issues of teeth overlap, among others.
Follow-up visits for treatment with invisible aligners are similar to those for traditional braces. Each dental aligner is designed to apply the necessary pressure to your teeth and adjust them according to your dentist or orthodontist’s instructions.
Thanks to their removability, Invisalignᴹᴰ aligners offer fewer dietary restrictions than conventional braces and allow for easy oral hygiene.
The reasons for orthodontic treatment can vary, including misaligned jaws, dental malposition, overlapping or missing teeth, or dental malocclusion (irregular relation between upper and lower teeth).