While a lucky few naturally possess a set of healthy, well-aligned, pearly-white teeth, the rest of us experience various dental issues. Regular visits to your dentist will help you achieve your optimal dental health. But what if your issue is crooked teeth? If you are concerned about how your teeth look or fit together, we encourage you to consult with an expert in the art of orthodontics at Bankhead to see how your teeth can be improved. An orthodontist is a dentist who has specialty training in the movement of teeth. If you are considering orthodontic treatment with braces or aligners, here is a rundown of some of the treatment options available.
1. Traditional Braces
Braces have evolved over the years, and they are now far superior to what they were just a few decades ago. We have several options available for our patients. Metal braces are made with high-grade stainless steel and are smaller than they used to be. In addition, we have gold-alloy braces if you would like a softer look. You can even opt for ceramic braces, which are even less noticeable. Traditional braces offer the most flexibility, and this tried-and-true modality can treat the widest range of tooth alignment issues.
2. Clear Aligners
Another popular orthodontic treatment utilizes clear plastic aligners, such as those made by Invisalign®. Our orthodontists prescribe the specific tooth movements needed for each patient, and then the aligners are made from transparent custom-molded plastic. The aligners are worn for 22 hours a day to slowly shift the teeth into a better position. Our practice is very familiar with the optimal ways to use Invisalign®. In fact, we treat more Invisalign® cases than any other practice in Missouri! Aligners are comfortable to wear, and can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. If Invisalign® is of interest to you, come in for a complimentary consultation to see if you would be a good candidate for aligner therapy.
3. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces work like traditional braces, except they are bonded to the back of the teeth. We use robot-bent wires from SureSmile® to customize your treatment to fit your needs. Because of their location, lingual braces have some limitations, but for the right patient, lingual braces can be a nice esthetic option for tooth alignment.
If you would like to explore the possibilities that would work best for you, contact the experts in the art of orthodontics at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists in the St. Louis area. Their team of experienced doctors treats patients from age seven to adulthood. They offer Invisalign®, SureSmile®, and traditional and lingual braces. They also provide emergency orthodontic services for loose braces, lost separators, poking wires, and more. Send a message online or call (636) 978-8848 for a complimentary exam.