If what you are trying to correct about your smile is alignment, bite, or teeth positioning, then you have come to the right place. Prime Dental Plano can help you achieve straighter teeth with multiple options. Our Plano orthodontists are experts at providing efficient, patient-centered orthodontic care in our Plano office. We use only advanced equipment and modern technology to ensure you receive amazing results in your treatment with braces or other orthodontic solutions. Our orthodontic care is focused on realigning teeth, straightening crooked smiles, improving speech, treating overbites, and much more. You can trust that your smile will be more radiant after our care. We love seeing patients find a newfound confidence after their orthodontic treatment has been completed, in our Plano office.
If you need braces or other dental work that deals with the alignment of teeth, we have many options for your treatment. Our dental professionals work with you to find the best treatment option for your unique situation. If you need braces, we offer both traditional and Invisalign braces. Invisalign is becoming a more popular option as patients look for discreet ways to align their teeth.
Invisalign works by putting constant pressure on your teeth using an alignment tray made by taking precise measurements and impressions of your mouth. They must be worn for at least 20 hours a day and can be removed for eating and brushing teeth. You should brush your Invisalign aligner while you brush your real teeth, as this will keep your aligner clean and functional.
The advantage of Invisalign is the stealth of it. Not many people will be able to tell right away that you are wearing braces of some sort. You will not have to stop eating certain foods as you would with traditional braces, and there is no pain or discomfort associated with Invisalign. Children are increasingly moving towards Invisalign as an alternative to braces, but it is important that they wear their aligners as instructed. Each aligner has indicator marks, so you can tell whether or not your child is wearing their aligner for the allotted time.
Traditional metal braces also work by putting constant pressure on your teeth, but these cannot be removed. These use wires and brackets that are tightened to move teeth into a new position gradually. Your braces will need to be adjusted on a regular basis as your teeth shift their position.
There may be some pain or discomfort associated with the braces for the first few days, but this can be managed with over the counter pain medications like Tylenol or aspirin. You may want to stick to soft foods until you get more comfortable with them. Most braces are kept on teeth for a period between 18 months and 3 years. It could be shorter or longer depending on the individual. Certain foods should be avoided while wearing braces, as they may get caught in the wire.