Did you know that there’s more to orthodontics than just traditional metal braces? Today, there are more options than ever for people who are interested in straightening their teeth and improving the appearance of their smiles. During your consultation, one of our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, will be able to help you explore your orthodontic treatment options so you can achieve the smile of your dreams.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about some of the different treatment options we offer at Parrish Orthodontics.
Most people are familiar with traditional metal braces. These metal wires and brackets are placed on the surface of your teeth and help guide them into optimal alignment.
As we adjust your braces, you’ll feel temporary pressure on your teeth. This is good as it means your teeth are gently being moved into place.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, you risk damaging your metal braces between appointments. Be sure to check out our instructions for emergency care.
One of the benefits of traditional metal braces is that they allow our orthodontists to make complex tooth movements. That way, you’re able to achieve your dream smile!
Another benefit is being able to choose the color of your elastics. Many patients enjoy being able to choose elastics that match their school colors, favorite sports team, or upcoming holidays.
Clear ceramic braces match the color of your natural tooth enamel but they're prone to staining if you don’t practice good oral hygiene. For this reason, we recommend that you always brush your teeth after you eat and are mindful of the foods and drinks you consume.
Many of our patients appreciate that ceramic braces are more discreet than their traditional metal counterparts. This allows them to smile without hesitation during orthodontic treatment.
Ceramic braces may be a good fit for either teenage or adult patients who may feel self-conscious with metal braces.
One of the main benefits of Invisalign aligners is that you can remove them to eat, brush, and floss. This makes it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. You’ll also be able to continue eating your favorite foods, without worrying about damaging metal wires and brackets.
In order for your Invisalign clear aligners to work, you’ll need to wear them as prescribed by our orthodontists. This is typically between 20 and 22 hours per day. If you don’t consistently wear your aligners, your teeth won’t move according to schedule. Also, your clear aligners may feel more tight around your teeth.
Still have questions about your orthodontic treatment options? Good news! Our orthodontists in Fort Wayne, IN, and surrounding areas are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call Parrish Orthodontics at (260) 447-2568. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.