Straighten teeth fast, comfortably with orthodontics dental treatment in San Marcos CA
Straight teeth are an important and coveted smile feature. Yet, it’s estimated that up to three of every four people have some degree of misalignment or malocclusion. Teeth may grow in sideways or tilted. Teeth may shift or move forward and crowd their neighbors over time. Adjacent teeth tend to move and fill spaces where a tooth used to be. Bone loss can also alter how teeth are positioned.
Traditionally, options to correct misalignment were limited to conventional braces. Orthodontics dental treatment in San Marcos CA at the office of Sun Smile Dental isn’t limited to one type of procedure. Just as Sun Smile Dental’s office is designed with convenience and a comfortable experience in mind, so are the options available to our patients for straightening and the correction of bite-related problems. These options include removable Invisalign and Fastbraces.
Orthodontics: The “old” way
Traditionally, braces have involved a system of wires threaded through brackets attached to teeth. Braces have long been considered an effective way to guide teeth into proper, healthy placement by consistently using gentle forces to move them. Braces can only be removed by your dentist. Treatment also requires ongoing visits to the dentist’s office for the adjustments that allow your straightening to progress. Guidance on cleaning around braces is also necessary to prevent the build-up of plaque during treatment.
Advanced or “braceless” orthodontic treatments at Sun Smile Dental effectively reposition teeth without the hassles associated with conventional braces: the lengthy time commitment and ongoing dental appointments, the risks of developing tooth decay and gum disease due to challenges with cleaning, and the hard-to-miss silver metal.
Invisalign: Removable, no-braces straightening
Like traditional braces, Invisalign uses consistent, gentle forces to gradually guide teeth into proper position. Unlike braces, Invisalign repositions teeth with aligners that are customized to your mouth. Made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, these aligner trays won’t rub or irritate the inside of your mouth the way wires and brackets can, and since they’re transparent, no one will see the aligners in your mouth. Moreover, Invisalign aligners aren’t fixed; they can be removed by you at any time. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions.
It’s generally advised that you only remove Invisalign during meals and when brushing and flossing your teeth. Each aligner tray is part of a series. You will wear an aligner for around one to two weeks before replacing that tray with the next in the series. Each tray corresponds with a different step in your treatment. The number of trays and the amount of time treatment will take depends on several factors, including the complexity of your needs and if you wear the aligners as advised by your doctor. Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, report the average treatment takes 12 to 18 months. You can see noticeable results within a few weeks.
Fastbraces: Advanced braces
Fastbraces lives up to its name – it’s like conventional braces, only faster. The brackets in this system are uniquely designed to straighten teeth roots from the start of treatment. This cuts treatment time in half when compared to traditional braces. Traditionally, treatment with braces involved shifting the crowns of the teeth into place during the first year and moving the roots of the teeth into place during the second year. Fastbraces technology cut out the first part of the process, safely and effectively repositioning the roots from the get-go. Fastbraces patients can straighten their teeth in as few as 100 days and can see results in a matter of days. Sun Smile Dental generally recommends recall appointments every 15 days for the first few months, with monthly recalls for progress checks.
Both advanced systems can treat most patients with crooked or crowded teeth, or bite-related concerns. As with other treatments available at the Sun Smile Dental office, the treatment recommended for you will depend on several factors, including:
- Your age
- Jaw-related imbalances
- Differences in teeth size
- Lifestyle habits
- Cosmetic and personal preferences
Call (760) 744-1300 to schedule your consultation. During that consultation, we may even be able to show you how your smile will look at every stage of treatment and after full results have been achieved thanks to the beauty of advanced software that renders a 3-Dimensional image of your mouth!