Orthodontic Treatments for Overcrowded Teeth
By Dr. Ribeiro on April 11, 2018
There are many malocclusion problems that can compromise the strength and health of the teeth and bite. One of the most common is overcrowding. Overcrowding makes it more difficult to clean the teeth properly. It can also place undue stress on the jaw, which can lead to problems such as TMJ disorder and frequent headaches.
Orthodontics improves the position of the teeth and corrects the bite to give patients straighter, healthier teeth. Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers orthodontics for overcrowded teeth at his Clarksville, TN dental practice. He can help patients find an orthodontic solution that best fits their unique needs.
Braces are the most traditional form of orthodontic treatment. Braces are considered a “fixed” orthodontic treatment, because the brackets are cemented to the teeth and stay in place until treatment is complete.
The brackets are connected by a thin metal wire that gets tightened on a monthly basis. When the wire is tightened, it provides pressure that encourages the teeth to move. Braces can pull the teeth away from one another so that they sit properly in their intended position, rather than crowding on top of one another.
The length of braces treatment will vary from patient to patient, based on the specific needs, but a patient can typically expect to wear braces for at least a year. When treatment is complete, the teeth will be spaced more evenly, they will be easier to clean, and the teeth will appear straighter and more attractive.
Invisalign® is another orthodontic option available to Dr. Ribeiro’s patients. It is not a “fixed” orthodontic treatment because the appliances are removable.
Invisalign® is a metal-free system of plastic aligner trays that fit over the teeth very much like a mouth guard. These thin, comfortable aligners are clear and virtually invisible. They place subtle pressure on the teeth to encourage them to shift to their proper position.
Since there are no brackets or wires to be tightened, Invisalign® aligners need to be replaced periodically to ensure that the teeth continue to receive the pressure that is needed to promote movement. During a typical Invisalign® treatment, patients will progress to a new set of aligners about every two weeks.
Like braces, the treatment timeline for Invisalign® will vary for each patient. However, the average treatment is at least 12 months. Even though Invisalign® treatment is quite different than traditional braces, it can effectively straighten the teeth and improve the bite for those patients who are candidates.
Traditional braces and Invisalign® are both effective methods of orthodontic treatment. When choosing which treatment option is most appropriate for each patient, Dr. Ribeiro will consider the severity of overcrowding, as well as the personal preference of the patient. Dr. Ribeiro’s ultimate goal is to provide patients with orthodontic treatment that will improve the health, function, and beauty of their smile as quickly and comfortably as possible.
If you suffer from overcrowding or other malocclusion problems, you may be an ideal candidate for orthodontic treatment. To learn more about the orthodontic methods offered by Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro, and find out which one may be best suited to your unique situation, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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