Straightening and aligning teeth with braces or other orthodontic treatments is done not just for cosmetic reasons, but also because misalignment of your teeth and jaw can cause other dental and medical problems. Affordable braces and treatment plans are available.
Children and adults have several options:
- Traditional braces are either metal brackets or clear brackets that are attached to teeth to slowly reposition them by applying steady pressure. Color options are available for both kinds of brackets. Clear braces are often the choice for adults and teens because they are less noticeable than metal brackets.
- Self-ligating brackets are metal brackets that involve a gate mechanism which avoids the need for rubber bands to hold the wire in the bracket. They are easier to keep clean because food doesn't get trapped in the brackets easily.
- Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are removable braces. Patients change the aligners every two weeks to gradually coax the teeth into the right position.
- Lingual orthodontics are fixed braces on the back side of the teeth. They are invisible and can be used to treat a wide variety of cases.
- Surgical orthodontics, which involves breaking bones and then repositioning them, is sometimes the only real option when your bite is badly out of alignment. Moving the jaw into alignment with braces alone isn’t usually an option for adults, because our bones can no longer be shaped in the way they can when we are younger.
Orthodontics is sometimes one part of an interdisciplinary treatment plan. If you are undergoing several reconstructive procedures with an orthodontist at UT Dentistry, we will work with other practices on campus to coordinate your care.
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