Technology has had a profound impact on orthodontic treatments, and today, advanced orthodontics can provide you with the best treatment plan for your needs. From the traditional metal braces that no longer fill your mouth with a huge amount of metal to the latest innovative advancements in discrete orthodontics, Bellevue residents can find the perfect fit to improve their smile and treat many dental issues.
Starting with early treatment, children may be examined by an orthodontist as early as seven years old. The first signs of orthodontic problems may be evident and can be addressed before they become serious issues. Even if no problems are seen at that early age, regular examinations from then on may help identify problems at the beginning stages when the adult teeth start to erupt.
The teenage years are the most common period when braces are recommended. Today, teenagers have several options when it comes to advanced orthodontics. Traditional metal braces, which are much smaller than they were in the past, have colored rubber bands to add style. You can choose school colors, team colors or special colors for festivals and celebrations. Advanced orthodontics offers several more types of braces, some of which are discrete.
• Ceramic braces are either clear or tooth-colored and not easily seen. They are practically invisible in photographs. This type has food restrictions because the wires and brackets can be broken with hard or sticky food.
• Clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible. Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that uses a new plastic aligner every two weeks to shift gradually the teeth to the right position. This method is very convenient because it has no food restrictions, and you clean your teeth exactly the same way you would without braces. Invisalign® may also be a good choice for teenagers. The program typically comes with six extra aligners in case the teen loses one.
It is better to treat orthodontic problems when they first develop in children because many serious issues can be avoided later in life. However, if you are an adult who would like a more attractive smile and never had your orthodontic issues addressed as a child, you are in luck. Today, you have many options for achieving the smile of your dreams.
Redmond Orthodontics proudly serves Bellevue and the surrounding area with many different forms of customized advanced orthodontics. Contact our office in Redmond to schedule your consultation and get started on your journey toward a beautiful smile!