It wasn’t long ago that children and adults in need of braces didn’t have a lot of options. A visit to the orthodontist meant metal braces that wrapped all the way around every tooth – a true “metal mouth.” Fortunately times have changed, and the technological advances in orthodontics have brought aesthetics and comfort in teeth straightening to an exciting new level. Budd Orthodontics of Phoenix, Arizona strives to offer its patients the latest in orthodontic technology; products ranging from Invisalign to clear braces and beyond. And as their patients will tell you, it’s great to have options!
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using removable aligners. Best of all, for those worried about appearance these aligners are virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without most people ever noticing. Because they are removable you can still eat and drink what you please, and you can brush and floss as you normally would as well. You simply wear each set of custom made aligners for about two weeks, removing only to eat, drink, brush and floss. Average total treatment time is between 6-15 months, which means 18-30 aligners total. No metal brackets or wires, and no discomfort. Just a clear and easy way to straighten your smile!
Clear braces are another great way to straighten your smile while still preserving your smile aesthetics. Clear or tooth colored braces work exactly the same as metal braces in that they are attached to the front of the teeth. The difference is that they are much less visible because they blend in with your teeth. Clear braces are usually made of either sapphire or ceramic material. Patients who wear them enjoy the decreased visibility of their orthodontics treatment. Adults in need of braces who are worried about their appearance either professionally or personally often find clear braces or Invisalign viable options.
Other advances in the field of orthodontics include TAD’s (temporary anchorage devices). These simple appliances allow orthodontists to significantly increase the changes that can be achieved with traditional orthodontic treatment by using the jaws as anchors to move the teeth. The staff of Budd Orthodontics invites you to schedule a complimentary examination and learn more about the many treatment options available to you.