There are a number of orthodontic treatments available, and the one that suits you best will depend on your particular needs.

f you would like to straighten your smile, you may be considering orthodontic treatment. But when it comes to choosing the treatment that suits you best, there are a number of factors to consider. What are your particular orthodontic concerns? And what kind of results are you hoping to achieve? Read on to find out what types of braces are available, and which one is right for you…

What types of braces are there?

Traditional metal braces remain the most popular choice for those who would like to straighten crooked and crowded teeth. These days, traditional braces are much less bulky than they used to be and tend to be fairly comfortable to wear. Braces are made of up a number of different components, including metal brackets and wires, which work together to exert pressure on the teeth.

Another effective option is tooth-coloured braces. These braces work in much the same way as traditional braces except that they are made of clear materials. This means that they are a more discreet option than metal braces.

An alternative to traditional braces, lingual braces are attached to the back surfaces of the teeth. This means that they are barely noticeable. Lingual braces comprise the same components as traditional braces and can usually resolve many of the same types of issues.

For those who would prefer an even more discreet orthodontic solution, clear aligners may be a viable option. Clear aligners are made from medical-grade plastic and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Like braces, clear aligners work by applying pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into new positions over time.

How do you choose?

The type of braces that is right for you will depend on a number of factors. It is important that you discuss your needs and cosmetic goals with your dentist so that they can advise you on the course of treatment that suits you best.

If you are struggling with a particularly complex orthodontic issue, your dentist may recommend that you get traditional or tooth-coloured braces. Braces can be used to resolve a broad range of issues, including crowded and crooked teeth; as well as underbites and overbites.

Clear aligners can also be used to address many orthodontic issues, but are not always suited to more complicated cases. If you are struggling with mild to moderate misalignment, your dentist may give you the go-ahead for this treatment. Clear aligners are particularly well-suited to individuals who would like an orthodontic solution that is virtually invisible.

Why consider orthodontic treatment?

No matter which orthodontic treatment you choose, there are a number of benefits to straightening your teeth. Straight teeth tend to be easier to clean than crooked and crowded teeth, so your overall oral health is likely to improve with orthodontic treatment.

You are also likely to experience improved oral function after you have completed your treatment — chewing and biting, for example, will be easier and more comfortable.

In some cases, crooked teeth can place excess pressure on the gums, jaws and underlying bone. This in turn can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. It is possible for these issues to be resolved with the help of orthodontic treatment.

How can we help?

Dr Sheng Zhang offers a range of orthodontic options, so if you are interested in straightening your teeth or resolving a bite-related issue, we encourage you to come in for a consultation. Dr Zhang will examine your teeth and jaws and discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals with you before recommending a treatment that is most appropriate.

Some of the orthodontic treatments that Dr Zhang offers include removable plates; metal braces; tooth-coloured braces; Invisalign; and lingual braces.

If you would like to find out more about the types of braces that are available at Dental Artistry, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on 09 524 4541 or get in touch with us here.