At Botsford Family Orthodontics, we know that when it comes time to seek orthodontic care, the options can seem overwhelming!
Do I need braces? Maybe I should try Invisalign? What even ARE surgical orthodontics?
We get it! But that’s where the guidance and communication of a leading orthodontic specialist like Dr. Keyan Botsford comes in! She has the know-how and the experience to work with you, discuss your smile goals, and find the perfect treatment plan to achieve them. Patients in Medford and the surrounding areas agree – Botsford Family Orthodontics is the place to be!
But what about those treatment options, again? How do they differ, and who are they for? Let’s learn a little bit more about the different options below, and hopefully, you’ll leave today’s reading with a bit more confidence when you ask yourself, which orthodontic treatment option is right for me?
What are the different types of orthodontic treatment available?
Orthodontic treatment is an effective way to improve both oral health and physical appearance. With several types of orthodontic treatment available, patients can choose the treatment that best suits their needs. The most common types of orthodontic treatment include traditional braces, Invisalign, lingual braces, self-ligating braces, and ceramic braces.
Traditional braces – Reliable, Versatile, Effective
Traditional braces are ideal for patients with complex orthodontic issues, such as severely crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. They consist of metal brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth. Over time, the wires are tightened, moving the teeth into the correct position. This type of treatment is especially beneficial for children and teenagers, as early intervention can help prevent future orthodontic problems.
Invisalign – Innovative, Low-Profile, Effective.
Invisalign is a more discreet alternative to traditional braces. It uses clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for each patient, which are changed every two weeks. This type of treatment is best suited for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as slightly crooked teeth or gaps between teeth. Invisalign is popular among teenagers and adults who desire a more subtle orthodontic treatment.
Clear Braces – Discreet, Elegant, Effective
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are made from clear or tooth-colored material, making them less visible. This type of treatment is best suited for patients who desire a less noticeable orthodontic treatment option.
What are some more specialized orthodontic treatments?
In addition to orthodontic treatment, patients may benefit from surgical orthodontics.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment that involves surgery to correct severe jaw abnormalities. This type of treatment is often used in combination with braces to improve the function and appearance of the teeth, jaw, and face.
Surgical orthodontics is typically recommended for patients with severe malocclusions or bite problems that cannot be corrected with traditional orthodontic treatments alone.
Malocclusions can cause a range of problems, including difficulty chewing, speaking, and breathing, as well as jaw pain, headaches, and uneven wear on the teeth.
Before surgery, patients will undergo a comprehensive evaluation, which may include dental x-rays, photographs, and computerized imaging. This evaluation allows Dr. Botsford to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.
During surgery, Dr. Botsford will work closely with an oral surgeon to reposition the jawbones into a more favorable alignment. The surgeon will make incisions in the gums and use specialized instruments to reposition the jaw. In some cases, bone grafts or other materials may be used to fill in gaps and promote healing.
After surgery, patients will typically require a period of recovery and rehabilitation, which may include a liquid or soft food diet, pain medication, and physical therapy. Patients will also need to wear braces for a period of time to help align the teeth and jaws properly.
Surgical orthodontics can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, improving their ability to eat, speak, and breathe comfortably, as well as boosting their self-confidence and overall well-being. However, it is important to note that this type of treatment is typically reserved for severe cases and may not be appropriate for all patients.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about which orthodontic treatment option is right for you! Now that you’ve brushed up on what’s available let’s get down to business and start developing your custom treatment plan!
Dr. Botsford works closely with each and every patient to specialize their plans according to each person’s schedule, needs, and goals, and you’ll love our welcoming, highly-trained staff, too!
We can’t wait to get you smiling! Call today!