So, you have decided that you are ready to straighten your smile. Whether you are a parent guiding your child through this process, or an adult seeking orthodontic care for yourself, Riverside Dental Group in California is here to help you. Millions of people will at some point go through the process of braces or Invisalign. In today’s blog, we are here to tell you how this process works so that you can be knowledgeable about your treatment.
Many people may not know this, but orthodontics begins before braces are even put on. Your child should see the orthodontist for the first time by the age of seven. By this time, most of their permanent teeth have grown. The initial visit will include an examination and assessment. This will help determine if interceptive treatment is needed. To prepare your little one braces, retainers or spacers may be necessary. These will help guide their jaw and make enough space for teeth to be adjusted when the alignment process begins. This phase one treatment has many benefits, including shortening the time needed for the straightening process.
How Braces Work
Once phase one is completed, the next step can continue. For younger children, traditional braces are recommended to straighten their smile. Brackets will be bonded to each of their teeth, and then arch wire will be inserted to guide the teeth into placement. Gradually, these wires will be switched out for stronger ones as their teeth are adjusted. Every few weeks, you will need to come in for an adjustment.
A Discreet Alternative
For adults or older teenagers going through the alignment process, we also offer Invisalign. This is recommended for more mature patients because the treatment is self-guided. Your dentist will take an impression of your smile, and a lab will create a set of clear trays that you will wear every day. Gradually, these will help adjust your teeth to the correct position.
Braces and Invisalign typically take the same amount of time for treatment but offer different benefits. Braces are great for younger patients or patients who have severe overcrowding problems. Invisalign is a great option for adult patients who have minimal spacing problems. During your consultation, your dentist will guide you through the best option for your needs.
Speak With An Orthodontist Today
To start interceptive treatment or to schedule a consultation for alignment treatment, call your nearest Riverside Dental Location today.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.