What Does Orthodontic Treatment Involve?

What Does Orthodontic Treatment Involve?

Posted by Sandia Peak Dental Dec 10, 2021

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Nowadays, the first thing people notice about us is our smile. A beautiful smile can enhance our look while also increasing our self-esteem. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, orthodontic dental treatments are the ideal solution. 

These treatments can correct your smile and fix dental issues like crooked or misaligned teeth. Here is what you can expect an orthodontic treatment to include at Sandia Peak Dental in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

What Is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatments straighten or rearrange teeth to improve their appearance and function. They can also assist in preserving the overall health of your teeth and gums, as well as avoid jaw joint diseases, by spreading biting pressure across all of your teeth.

What Is Included in Orthodontic Treatment?

At Sandia Peak Dental, the first step in an orthodontic treatment is a comprehensive visual evaluation of the patient's smile. Based on this assessment and on diagnostic records that include panoramic and cephalometric X-rays, bite impressions, and pictures of the face and teeth, Dr. Donoghue will formulate an accurate and precise treatment plan. 

Once the treatment is planned, the next steps depend on the diagnosis and typically include preparation for fixed or removable orthodontic appliances that will bring the teeth and jaw arches into optimal alignment.

Fixed Appliances
The most prevalent fixed orthodontic appliances are traditional metal braces. Each tooth is fitted with a ceramic, metal, or transparent bracket, and an archwire is put through each one to join them. Every week or so, the wire is slightly tightened until the desired results are obtained. After 18-30 months of treatment, the fixed braces are removed.

Removable Appliances
Removable appliances are more popular due to their ease of use and adaptability. Headgear, retainers, and Invisalign trays are examples of removable orthodontic appliances. The time it takes to rectify a malocclusion using a removable orthodontic appliance depends on the severity of the condition and the patient’s age.

Why Choose Orthodontic Treatment?

Improved Confidence
Misaligned teeth can affect your self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment can fix any imperfections and restore your confidence.

Improved Performance
Biting, eating, and even speaking can be difficult when you have misaligned teeth or a bad bite. Orthodontic treatment can fully restore your oral functions. 

Improved Dental Health
Straight teeth are less prone to dental issues and easier to clean. As a result, orthodontic procedures improve your dental health and help you avoid future difficulties.

To schedule an appointment, contact Sandia Peak Dental at (505) 298-6732 or visit us at 8000 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122.

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