Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on correcting the alignment of teeth or jaw to improve a patient’s bite, smile, and oral health. This branch of dental care is typically recommended for children before all permanent teeth grow, usually around the age of seven to nine. However, adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment to correct alignment issues.
Orthodontic treatment can help patients avoid problems with speaking, chewing, and biting, as well as improve their teeth's appearance. It can also help children improve their self-esteem as they achieve a straighter and more beautiful smile.
At Serenity Dental, braces are one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment we offer. They are composed of wires and brackets designed to shift the teeth into proper alignment by applying constant pressure. Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used method because they are affordable, effective, and durable. Patients can also choose ceramic or tooth-colored braces for a more discreet look.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
- Improved self-confidence
- Better oral health
- Reduced risk of tooth decay or gum disease
- Ability to eat and speak properly
- A healthier mouth
Orthodontic Treatment Options
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment available. These affordable, durable braces are made of high-quality stainless steel and straighten your teeth by gradually applying pressure. As our orthodontist makes regular adjustments, the orthodontic wire puts pressure on the brackets to move the teeth. This force ultimately moves the teeth into the correct position.
Metal braces are an excellent choice for correcting a variety of common bite problems, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, deep bite, and more. They are also used for more complicated orthodontic issues, such as crowding, gaps between teeth, protruding teeth, and crooked teeth.
Ceramic braces are just like traditional metal braces, except the brackets are made from a clear ceramic material instead of metal or silver brackets. This makes them less noticeable than metal braces, but they do provide the same effectiveness in straightening teeth as metal braces do.
Because traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable, Invisalign became more popular because it is more comfortable and easier to care for. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are nearly invisible when worn over your teeth. These aligners are removable to facilitate eating and brushing, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your orthodontic appliances and having to make frequent adjustments. Best of all, these aligners can be used by teens and adults alike!
Orthodontic treatment can improve your appearance and enhance your oral health. To learn about your treatment options for straighter, healthier teeth, get in touch with Serenity Dental at 15701 East Sprague Ave. Suite F, Spokane Valley, WA 99037; or at 12 E Rowan Ave. Suite 4, Spokane, WA 99207. Please call (509) 919-1471 or (509) 483-2264, respectively, to schedule an appointment at either location.