Treatment Options for Straightening Crooked Teeth
Besides making your child feel self-conscious, having misaligned or crooked teeth can result in severe health issues if ignored. Thanks to several orthodontic treatments, kids with crooked teeth can start smiling, again, and enjoy having healthy and straight teeth. If your child has crooked teeth, here are some of the treatments offered by Field Wilson Orthodontics.
The most traditional orthodontic treatment used by an orthodontist is braces. Because today’s braces are made from materials that are less noticeable and more comfortable, they’re a practical choice for just about any patient. Some of the most popular braces include:
- Damon System braces – Named for their inventor, Dr. Dwight Damon, these braces don’t involve rubber bands. Instead, they use a sliding door called “self-ligation” so that the wire can slide back and forth with the bracket. As as result, there isn’t as much friction as other braces. They’re also more comfortable. What’s more, there are less adjustments, so the treatment time is reduced.
- Metal braces – These are the most common type of braces. They entails using brackets glued to each individual tooth. Metal braces are also the most durable ones, although they’re not as cosmetic appealing as other types.
- Ceramic braces – Constructed of clear materials, these braces are especially popular with teens because they look more cosmetic. However, they’re not as durable as metal braces. Also, their elastic ties can become discolored.
Alternatives to Braces
- Our orthodontists in Dahlonega and Dawsonville may recommend alternatives to a patient who doesn’t have any health concerns requiring braces. Some of these alternatives include:
- Invisalign – The Invisalign system involves using removable clear plastic trays. The advantage of using Invisalign is that it makes it easier to eat and take care of your teeth.
- Clarity translucent braces – a nearly invisible system that lets your smile shine through
- Retainers – Some children may be good candidates for retainers. These appliances close gaps between teeth and also straighten teeth.
Considerations and Warnings
- The length of time that a kid needs braces mostly depends the type of problem that needs to be corrected.
- Children with crooked teeth are more at risk for developing gingivitis.
Field Wilson Orthodontics has the latest dental technology, offering the finest clinical care, in addition to giving each patient individual attention.
High-tech care – yet a very high-touch philosophy.
Our philosophy is to provide a one-on-one approach in a friendly atmosphere. We have the latest technology, offering leading-edge advances so you get the best possible medical attention. You can choose from a wide variety of braces (including a ‘no braces’ development, clear aligners – Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Damon Clear) and fun, personalized retainers.
Dr. Thomas Field has been serving patients in North Georgia for more than 30 years.