Orthodontist Farmington Hills

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with the straightening of teeth. Orthodontic treatment diagnoses and corrects malocclusions (Latin for “bad bite”) and can be used for restorative or cosmetic improvements.

Dr. Karanth is specially trained in the corrective treatment of the misalignment of teeth and jaws to promote long-term oral health. She has completed a comprehensive post-graduate program in Orthodontics as part of her extended education and is also a lifetime member of the United States Dental Institute (and Orthodontic Institute).

Types of Braces

Braces come in a variety of designs to suit every need. Dr. Karanth can help you choose which style is best for your situation during your consultation.

Which type of braces you need depends on several factors:

  • How severe your condition is
  • Your budget
  • The duration of your treatment
  • The recommendation of Dr. Karanth
  • Your personal preference

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces use the traditional bracket and wire construction of metal braces. They are made of a durable material that is the same color as your teeth. These braces are nearly as strong as metal braces and can treat nearly the same range of cases, but have the added benefit of improved cosmetic appearance.

Ceramic braces are ideal for adults looking for orthodontic solutions that will not draw attention to themselves the way metal braces do, and are often less irritating to the soft tissues of the mouth.

The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the archwire in place are also made to be white or clear, adding to the cosmetic benefits, although they can become stained or discolored over time.

The cosmetic and comfort benefits are countered by treatment costs, which are usually more expensive than metal braces. Treatment times may be slightly longer with this system.

Metal Braces

These are the traditional orthodontic appliances associated with the term “braces.” They consist of metal brackets and an archwire held in place with a small elastic band called a ligature. Metal braces are strong and can withstand almost any type of treatment, including the most severe cases. They tend to be more inexpensive than other solutions and may offer faster treatment than some other methods.

Drawbacks of metal braces include irritation to the cheeks and gums. Most patients adjust to the sensation quickly, and dental wax and other treatments can help ease the problem. Metal braces are also more noticeable than other solutions, and can sometimes make patients feel self-conscious. Even so, they are one of the most versatile orthodontic solutions available.

Self-ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are a different style of metal braces that do not use the elastic ligature to hold the archwire. Instead, they use a “trap door” technology, allowing the wire to slide back and forth. This method results in fewer adjustments and appointments as the wire stays in place more easily.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth rather than in front, making them virtually invisible. As in the classic system, these brackets tend to be made from metal.

Lingual braces can initially cause the wearer trouble with speaking, and the brackets may be irritating to the tongue. While they can be used for minor adjustments, lingual braces may not be suitable for patients needing more severe orthodontic correction.

To learn more about the different styles of orthodontic treatment available, speak to Dr. Karanth during your next appointment. Schedule your appointment for an orthodontic consultation today.

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