With modern advances in orthodontics, straightening your teeth has never been easier. The experienced team of professionals at Loveland Dental Group offers a variety of effective orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, to restore and enhance patient smiles. With convenient locations in High Point, Cornelius, Concord, Winston-Salem and Mooresville, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina, you can come in anytime for a comprehensive smile consultation. Call or use the online booking tool today.
What is orthodontics?
A healthy and attractive smile requires your teeth to be straight and your jaw properly aligned. The goal of orthodontics is to correct the cosmetic and functional problems caused by teeth that are either:
- Have spacing issues
- Have an abnormal bite (malocclusion)
- Have shifted dramatically over time
- Are crooked
Orthodontic treatment can range from minor tooth movement of just a few teeth to the realignment of your entire bite. It can also address skeletal misalignment between your upper and lower jaws. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just improve your smile, it also makes your teeth easier to clean and care for, limiting your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
What type of orthodontic treatments are available?
Orthodontics typically involves the use of a selection of corrective appliances, including braces, clear aligners, and retainers. The team favors two types of highly popular orthodontic treatment:
This revolutionary orthodontic treatment system uses clear, removable aligners worn approximately 22 hours each day. You receive a new set of aligners every few weeks with minor adjustments. Since you can remove the aligners, brushing, flossing, and eating is very convenient.
With this type of treatment, clear, tooth-colored wiring bonded to your teeth applies controlled force and straightens your teeth. During a few in-office visits, your dentist adjusts the wiring and brackets to make sure your teeth continue their precise planned movements.
They’re both designed to apply incremental and controlled forces to move your teeth in the desired direction. Invisalign and ClearCorrect are adjusted on a regular basis throughout the course of care. Once a malocclusion is corrected and the teeth are completely aligned, the team may recommend wearing a retainer to help ensure that the result remains stable.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment time depends on a host of factors, including your age, the severity of your malocclusion, and the unique needs of your particular case. In some cases, it can take as little as a few months to help you achieve your ideal smile, while in other cases it can take a few years. However, on average, orthodontic treatment time for many malocclusions is about 24 months.
If you’d like to learn more about orthodontic treatment at Loveland Dental Group, call the office or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.