Do you find that you avoid smiling due to misalignment of your teeth? Do you cover your mouth with your hand when speaking and laughing with others? Do you avoid talking to your dentist about orthodontic work because you fear the idea of traditional braces? Dr. Michael Westman of Wind Point Dental is here to describe the three methods of orthodontic work available for patients who want to straighten their smiles!
- Traditional metal braces – for some patients, traditional orthodontia using metal brackets and wires are the best solution for severe misalignment and malocclusion. While this method takes longer and is not as aesthetic as alternatives, they can provide the results patients desire when they have significant gaps, crooked teeth, and overcrowding occurring. This treatment is also the best for patients with poor bite alignment, including issues such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
- Porcelain braces – patients with mild to moderate misalignment of the smile may want to ask about a more discreet option such as porcelain braces. Porcelain braces work in the same was as conventional orthodontia but are tooth-colored, making them less noticeable than traditional metal brackets and wires. This orthodontic treatment is typically tailored to a patient who has imperfections near the front of the smile that they’d like to address quickly and discretely.
- Invisalign aligners – for those who want to avoid brackets and wires altogether, solutions such as Invisalign aligners might be right! Invisalign is a specific brand of aligner trays. The patient has a series of digital impressions done of their current smile, which is converted into 3D design software. Invisalign laboratories creates a series of clear, plastic trays that patients wear two weeks at a time to gently move the teeth within the dental arch. This method of treatment is highly desirable for patients who want to improve their smile but don’t want to spend months wearing brackets and wires.
Schedule a visit with our team today!
If you would like to learn more about braces for children and adults available at Wind Point Dental, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Dr. Michael Westman and his team in Racine, Wisconsin. The office is located at 4944 Charles Street and is readily available for new and current patients interested in finding out if they are candidates for traditional metal braces, porcelain braces, or Invisalign aligners.