At T. Kirk Crane, DDS, we use customized orthodontic treatments to reposition your natural teeth, shift them into better alignment, or adjust your bite into a healthy position. On top of providing aesthetic benefits, orthodontic treatments also improve your oral functions and support the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
When your teeth are crooked or your bite is misaligned, you can develop oral health problems and issues associated with how your teeth function. For example, misaligned teeth tend to wear down easier and crowded teeth can be more difficult to brush properly and floss than straighter teeth. This can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Braces and aligners are orthodontic appliances designed to gradually move the teeth into their proper positions over time. Once the treatment is over, you will be able to properly bite and brush and floss to maintain healthy, clean teeth and gums.
Clear aligners are made from strong but comfortable plastic material and are custom-made to perfectly fit a patient’s teeth and gums. Unlike metal braces, they are removable and can be taken out as needed. This enables patients to enjoy their favorite foods without worrying about damaging their braces or breaking off brackets.
Many adults prefer clear aligners over metal braces as they are barely noticeable to others and much more comfortable. This treatment is as efficient as it is fast and convenient compared to other orthodontic treatments.
If worn correctly, clear aligners can give you a straighter and more attractive smile within as little as six months. However, constant compliance with the dentist’s instructions is necessary to see the best results from your treatment.
Braces are applied to the teeth to straighten them and improve their look. Brackets, bands, and wires are standard components of braces. These additions hold the wires in place on the teeth and guide the teeth into proper alignment.
Several different types of braces are available, including clear ceramic and metal braces. Metal braces are the most common type of braces and consist of metal brackets and wires. Ceramic braces are tooth-colored and popular among adults and older teens.
To learn more about orthodontic treatment options and their benefits and determine which one is right for you, visit T. Kirk Crane, DDS, at 104 Exchange Pl, Suite A Lafayette, LA 70503, or call (337) 232-3873 to schedule your appointment with our dentist.