Are you ready to transform your unruly collection of teeth into a gorgeous new grin? Then stay tuned because today we want to talk about orthodontics, which this is the area of dentistry that deals with re-alignments for crooked, crowded or gapped teeth. And once you have finished reading, be sure to call us at 808-797-3680 to request your orthodontic treatment consultation at our Honolulu dentist’s office.
Modern Orthodontic Treatments
The first thing we need to tell you is that the tools used for orthodontic treatment are not the same as they used to be. That’s definitely a good thing. Although our methods are always improving, the basic idea and end goal remains the same: a healthier, more beautiful smile. To get there, we have to shift the position of your teeth gradually, and that requires a well thought out plan of action that is executed by a team of professionals. Fortunately you’ll have some good options that did not exist in earlier eras of dentistry.
What Are The Options?
When you come in for your orthodontic consultation at A Downtown Dental Group, we’ll make it easy to decide on the best route. To kick-start the process, one of our doctors will examine your teeth and your jaw and talk to you about your hopes for the transformation. Then we’ll pick from the following programs:
- Classic Braces
Old-school metal brackets and wires have been successfully straightening teeth for a long time. They remain one of the most reliable treatments for a wide range of alignment problems. They can even be counted on for more severe cases. While this treatment can take several years to complete, the end result is a fabulous-looking smile.
Fastbraces are a more compact version of the braces program. They still utilize brackets and wires, but they can complete their work in a small fraction of the time it would take to get the job done with traditional braces.
Here’s their secret: Fastbraces employs a special triangular bracket, which changes the way your teeth are moved into proper position.
With regular old braces, your teeth move in stages. During the first stage, your crowns are repositioned, and in the second stage, your roots are realigned. Each stage can take a year or so to complete.
By contrast, with Fastbraces, your crowns and roots are being repositioned at the same time. This can cut your treatment to something like six months.
Invisalign offers a radically different approach to orthodontic treatment.
In fact, you won’t have any brackets or wires. No metal whatsoever. Rather than that, you simply wear custom-built clear aligners for about 12 months. Each aligner is meant to be worn for a couple of weeks at a time. You swap your aligners out yourself at home. And each time you do so you will be pushing your teeth a little closer to their final positions.
Since the aligners are plastic and nearly invisible, this makes Invisalign our most popular option for adults who would rather not advertise the construction zone in their mouths.
Only You Can Decide To Make It Happen
We hope you have been inspired by the possibilities. Call our Honolulu, HI dental office today at 808-797-3680 or contact us online to request an orthodontic treatment consultation appointment at Downtown Dental Group.