How Orthodontics Work
The goal of orthodontic treatment is the same for all our patients – children, teenagers or adults – to straighten teeth in order to alter their function and appearance.
This goal is achieved using braces or clear aligners that put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position over a period of months or years.
Traditional braces can be composed of either metal or ceramic and have been used for decades to straighten teeth. Recent advances in orthodontic treatment have resulted in modern braces that are low-profile, more comfortable and easier to care for.
How Braces Straighten Teeth
Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth over a period of time, slowly shifting them into their new, corrected positions.
As pressure is applied and the teeth move, the bone changes shape to accommodate the new positions of the teeth.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
With Invisalign clear aligners, your smile is gradually straightened using a series of individually customized, clear plastic aligners that are adjusted over a period of time. Invisalign clear aligners can offer convenience they are removable for when you'd prefer no one know that you are straightening your teeth.
They look similar in appearance to custom tooth-whitening trays and can be just as easy to insert. You can even remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss!