Orthodontic treatment is an effective way to solve dental issues like crowded, gapped, or misaligned teeth. At Delafield Family Dental, Dr. Kelly is an experienced orthodontist and has worked with patients of all ages. Whether you’re an adult interested in correcting your smile, or you believe that your child or teenager may need orthodontic treatment, we’re here to provide patients in Delafield with honest advice and quality orthodontic options.
Traditional braces are a tried and true method of orthodontic correction. Metal braces use a system of wires, brackets, and rubber bands that are adjusted regularly by Dr. Kelly to move your teeth and correct your smile.
Metal braces can be used alongside other orthodontic treatments to correct almost any issue with bite and alignment, including:
- Improper bite (bite malocclusion)
- Crowded teeth
- Improper spacing and gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Jaw misalignment
- Improperly-erupted teeth
Usually, metal braces are recommended for teenagers and children. This is because they are more effective when the teeth and jaw are still growing, which leads to shorter treatment times. However, braces can also be used for adults who have more severe cases of misalignment or overcrowding.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. It uses a plastic, aligner-based system, similar to other well-known systems such as ClearCorrect. Rather than metal braces, Invisalign utilizes a system of strong, transparent, and thin plastic aligners, which look similar to retainers. These aligners are built to move the teeth gently and gradually into a new position.
During treatment, you’ll wear each aligner for 20-22 hours per day and switch to a new aligner about every 2 weeks. Because Invisalign is removable and very thin, it does not affect speech and is often the most popular choice for patients who are older, such as young professionals who wish to avoid the social stigma of “adult braces.”
While Invisalign is a great option for some patients, it cannot correct every orthodontic issue. Major bite problems, jaw misalignment, and extremely crooked teeth typically cannot be treated with Invisalign.
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Correcting your teeth can help improve your oral health, boost your self-esteem, and even help you avoid future oral issues like TMJ/TMD. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, come in for a consultation with Dr. Kelly. Our experienced orthodontic dentist will provide you with a thorough oral exam and help you understand all of your options for treatment. Contact us now at (262) 646-4188 to get started, or feel free to stop by our office at 11 Crossroads Ct. Delafield, WI 53018.
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