Types of Treatment
Dental technology is always getting better and can help give you a straight smile, a healthy bite, and treat your airway issues.
You’ll always get the most comfortable and effective treatments at The Smile Suite Orthodontics.
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Metal Braces & More
Most patients we treat at The Smile Suite choose traditional metal braces to straighten their teeth.
While metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment, there are several other options to choose from.
After your first free consultation, Dr. Smith will talk to you about which treatment would be right for you based on your unique needs and smile goals.
Fixed vs. Removable Appliances
It’s important to understand the difference between fixed and removable appliances. Fixed appliances, like braces, are attached to your teeth and aren’t taken off until you complete your treatment.
Removable appliances, like Invisalign’s aligner system, are worn about 20-22 hours a day but can be taken off easily.
Aside from the obvious differences, Invisalign aligners are best at treating mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Fixed appliances are generally needed for more serious and comprehensive treatment.
Our self-ligating metal braces are the most widely used type of fixed orthodontic appliance here at The Smile Suite.
Self-ligating metal braces are a reliable, effective, and economical option that have proven their effectiveness. Their high-tech design often shortens treatment times and eliminates the need to extract teeth before starting treatment.
Though past incarnations have been bulky, awkward, or even painful, today's metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear than ever before.
While traditional metal braces remain the most popular option for orthodontic treatment, ceramic braces can be a great choice for some patients. Sometimes known as clear braces, ceramic braces provide a much less noticeable method of treatment.
Ceramic braces use the same components as traditional braces, but instead of metal, the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of see-through ceramic material.
Although the technology behind ceramic braces is constantly improving, they currently do tend to be a little more fragile than their metal counterparts and are more likely to break.
Invisalign® & Invisalign for Teens
Unlike traditional braces, this kind of orthodontic treatment doesn’t rely on a system of metal or ceramic brackets and wires. The Invisalign system is made up of a series of custom clear trays called aligners that are removable and nearly invisible.
Their soft plastic also means no friction or abrasions inside your mouth, so they’re more comfortable to wear. The aligners are changed out weekly, and when worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day will gradually move your teeth into the best position for your smile.
As mentioned, Invisalign works best with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, so it may not be the best choice for everyone. At your free consultation with Dr. Smith at The Smile Suite, we can find out if Invisalign is right for you.
Over the years, orthodontics has evolved to more than just moving teeth. If you deal with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), orthodontic treatment could help. Many people deal with OSA and do not see success with traditional treatment methods, such as CPAP machines. At Smile Suite Orthodontics, we’ll work with your physician and assess the holistic health of your oral cavity.
Once we’ve evaluated your sleep habits and oral health, Dr. Kimberly Smith will create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs. Our goal is your vitality, longevity, and comfort throughout every stage of your life.