Would you like to straighten your teeth but aren't sure which type of braces are right for you? Dr. Laura Koch and Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, your Midtown, GA dentists at Dentistry for Midtown, offer several orthodontics options.
Metal braces were the only type of braces available for years and are still the most common type. When you choose this brace system, your dentist uses bonding material to attach stainless steel brackets to the fronts of your teeth. Wires are then threaded through the brackets. The wires are adjusted approximately every four to six weeks, which gradually guides your teeth into the proper position.
Although these braces still use metal wires, the brackets are made from clear ceramic. Brackets can also be made from clear resin. These braces are much less noticeable since the only thing anyone sees are the thin wires. Just as with metal braces, you'll visit your dentist about every four to six weeks for adjustments.
If ceramic braces are still too noticeable, lingual braces may be a better choice for you. The brackets and wires are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front with the lingual system. Before you receive your lingual braces, your Midtown dentist makes an impression of your mouth with a soft putty-like material. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which uses this mold of your mouth to create each bracket. Since nothing is attached to the fronts of your teeth, no one will ever know that you're wearing braces.
Some brace systems don't require brackets and wires at all. These systems use a series of clear removable aligners to move your teeth into the proper position instead. Your dentist designs the aligners using a computer-generated model of your mouth. There are no adjustments needed with clear brace systems. You simply begin wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks. Aligners are worn 20 hours per day and are removed to eat and brush your teeth.
Comparing orthodontics systems can be a little overwhelming. Dr. Koch and Dr. Soulimiotis, your Midtown, GA dentists at Dentistry for Midtown, can help you find the right solution for you. Call them at (404) 249-1716 to schedule an appointment.