When it comes to orthodontic treatment, many patients are reluctant to wear traditional braces because of the aesthetic factor. Many new treatments have come along that offer a nearly invisible appearance. However, patients should not be so quick to dismiss traditional braces. At Dr. Ettienne van Zyl’s Memphis cosmetic dentistry practice, we still believe in the tried and true success of traditional braces. Traditional braces can efficiently treat orthodontic problems to leave patients with a straighter, healthier smile.
Advantages of Traditional Braces
While there have been many new options for orthodontic treatment in recent years, we still believe that most of our Memphis patients can benefit from the advantages of traditional braces. Traditional braces have proven to be successful and offer the most comprehensive treatment for all areas of orthodontic problems. When the teeth require extensive movement to correct the bite, clear aligner trays may not be suitable for the job. It can be especially difficult to move small teeth or the molar teeth using clear aligner trays. While some patients may not be eligible candidates for orthodontic treatment using a series of clear, plastic aligners, traditional braces can be used to correct any and all of the following:
- Crowding of the teeth
- Problems with spacing of the teeth
- Problems with the bite, such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite or openbite
- Protrusion of the teeth
Besides the advantage of knowing that braces can correct your bite and bring your teeth into healthy alignment, no matter the current condition of your teeth, braces offer some additional advantages that cannot be expected from other forms of orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces are:
- Less expensive or comparable to other forms of orthodontic treatment
- Take the same amount of time for treatment to be completed as other orthodontic treatments, if not slightly less time
- Very strong and are unlikely to break or be damaged
- Attached to your teeth so that they cannot be lost or misplaced
One of the biggest drawbacks that patients fear with traditional braces is their appearance, but traditional braces can now be made in tooth-colored material, making them blend in more naturally with the teeth and appear far less noticeable. When orthodontic treatment with traditional braces is complete, patients are left with a healthy, beautiful smile and results that should last a lifetime.
Dr. van Zyl understands that, despite the advantages of traditional braces, they may not be the right solution for everyone. For his patients in Memphis, porcelain veneers and Invisalign are also available to improve the appearance of crooked teeth and give patients a more attractive smile. As with traditional braces, each of these treatments has their own advantages and disadvantages to be considered and discussed with Dr. van Zyl.
Schedule an Appointment
If you require orthodontic treatment and are interested in learning more about the advantages of traditional braces, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ettienne van Zyl. Dr. van Zyl can discuss all of the options available for straightening your teeth and improving your oral health.