The Basics of Braces: Types, Benefits, and What to Expect

A straight smile is a healthier smile! Whether you're considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, Dr. Katie Edgcomb at ABC Dentistry & Orthodontics can help you find the right braces and treatment plan. She is experienced in one and two-phase orthodontic treatment, interdisciplinary adult cases, and orthognathic surgery.

Dr. Edgcomb uses various braces and aligners to treat patients, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Spark Aligners. A complimentary Orthodontic evaluation allows her to assess oral development, examining teeth, gums, and the bones and muscles in the mouth to determine the need for correction.

Phase One Orthodontics, also known as interceptive orthodontics, is an early intervention treatment designed to address dental and skeletal issues in young children, typically between the ages of 6 and 10. This phase focuses on correcting problems that, if left untreated, could lead to more severe dental issues later in life. Phase one typically involves a palatal expander which widens the upper jaw to create more space for teeth or partial braces to correct specific alignment issues.

Traditional Metal Braces are a type of orthodontic appliance used to correct various dental alignment issues, such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite). They consist of metal brackets that are bonded to the front of each tooth and connected by a wire (archwire). The wire is periodically adjusted by Dr. Edgcomb to gradually move the teeth into the desired position They are highly effective and often the most affordable option for correcting alignment issues.

Ceramic Braces use clear or tooth-colored brackets, making them less noticeable and a great choice for those concerned about aesthetics. Ceramic braces work the same as traditional metal braces.

Spark Aligners are a modern orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. They are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces due to their discreet appearance and convenience. Clear aligners are custom-made, transparent plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth and gradually move them into the desired position with the help of tooth-colored attachments. They make it easier to maintain oral hygiene and avoid issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

Throughout the orthodontic treatment process, patients can expect regular check-ups for adjustments. Some initial discomfort is normal as teeth begin to move, but this usually subsides within a few days.

The iTero® Intraoral Digital Scanner replaces the need for goopy impressions and is used to provide fast, comfortable, and accurate scans, enhancing the treatment experience. Dr. Edgcomb uses the iTero scanner for both Phase I and Phase II treatments.

Ready to transform your smile? Call ABC Dentistry & Orthodontics in Schaumburg today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward your best and healthiest smile!

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