Traditionally the only dental treatment options to straighten crooked teeth was to go to the orthodontist and get metal braces. A mouth full of wires and brackets were constant companions for the next couple of years at least. Soreness of the soft tissues, constant readjustments and irritation accompanied the treatment.
Dietary restrictions were also part of the process. Sticky foods needed to be eliminated. Hard foods could dislodge the metal wires or affect the bracket. Favorite treats were no longer allowed.
Special devices had to be used to clean your teeth and the braces. After the treatment was completed there was always the prospect of dental decay and gingivitis to be addressed due to the inability to sufficiently clean the teeth and gums.
Consequently, if only a little straightening needed to be done to make one’s smile more appealing, the treatment often seemed more unappealing than living with a few misaligned teeth. However, dental technology has continued to advance, producing orthodontic treatments that provide straight teeth without the use of metal wires and brackets. Midgette Family Dentistry offers alternatives to traditional braces: