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Despite what Hollywood stars and the media portrays, there are very few people born with perfect teeth. Many people have unique characteristics to their smiles that simply make them different. However, when those variations are caused by overcrowding, cross bite, under bite or over bite, it’s time to consider what orthodontics can do for you. Not only will orthodontics improve your smile, it helps to ensure years of better dental health.

The first thing many people think of in terms of orthodontics are traditional metal braces. The use of traditional braces is still common due to efficiency and adaptability. Metal braces consist of brackets and wires connected to the teeth with a special adhesive glue. With this type of orthodontic device, the patient is required to come into the office for the wires to be tightened. The adjustments ensure the teeth continue to move into proper alignment over the course of treatment. Dr. Hughes recommends tradition braces for adolescents.

Another popular orthodontic option is the Invisalign treatment plan. Invisalign is designed to be more discreet than its traditional counterpart. It gives the added benefit of easily being removed to eat and practice more efficient brushing and flossing than conventional braces allow. Invisalign is made from a durable, clear plastic that is custom designed for each patient. Treatment time will vary from patient to patient, though many patients find the convenience and appearance of Invisalign worth the effort. In most cases invisalign is recommended for adults.

After Braces

Once the braces come off, your teeth will be free! For the first time in a long time, you'll be able to run your tongue over your teeth's smooth surfaces, floss easily and eat whatever you want! But don't get too comfortable yet - now it's time to wear an orthodontic retainer

A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance used to keep teeth in place after dental braces are removed. Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that hold them in place. Made of wire and plastic or rubber, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and wasting money from orthodontic work! Teeth can also shift over time, making wearing a retainer even more important.

Dr. Hughes and his staff are available for consultations about these orthodontic options. Call today to start on the road to a perfect smile.