For many years, orthodontic treatment was thought to be just for children and teens whose jaws are more malleable, but with the advance of orthodontic mechanics and materials, children and adults alike can take advantage of the benefits of having a straight smile.
At Ellettsville Dental Center in Bloomington, IN, we offer both traditional braces as well as Invisalign. So, no matter how young or old you are, we have the right orthodontic treatment for you.
Made of metal brackets and wires, traditional braces are still the gold standard for orthodontic treatment. With traditional braces, one of the Bloomington dentists at Ellettsville Dental Center bonds the brackets to the fronts of your teeth and guides an archwire through each bracket; elastic bands hold the wire in place. The brackets are strategically positioned to move each tooth into its proper alignment.
With traditional braces, you’ll need to schedule regular appointments at our Bloomington, IN dental practice so we can make the adjustments that are necessary to progress you toward a straight smile. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of each patient’s case.
For adults who want to straighten their teeth but need a more inconspicuous solution than metal braces, there’s Invisalign. Wearing clear aligners made of smooth plastic, you’ll be able to carry on with your normal social and professional commitments, and hardly anyone will notice that you’re wearing braces.
Every two weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners. As you advance from set to set, you will begin to see your teeth gradually straighten.
In addition to being practically invisible, Invisalign clear braces are removable. So, when you want to eat, you simply take out your aligners and have whatever you like – no restrictions as there are with metal braces. Likewise, you’ll remove your Invisalign aligners to brush and floss your teeth as you normally do, so there’s less risk of dental problems during and after your orthodontic treatment.
Would You Like to Learn More about Orthodontics in Bloomington?
Our dentists and their team in Bloomington, IN would be happy to help you enjoy all the benefits of a straight smile. Contact Ellettsville Dental Center for a consultation.