Orthodontics

At All American Dental, Dr. Wietholder uses two different methods to straighten teeth for patients 16 and older. Each patient is unique and one method may be more effective than the other, depending on the situation. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces) are typically seen once a month to check their progress and make adjustments.

While the focus of these methods is to cosmetically align adult teeth, there are other benefits to having straighter teeth. In addition to helping you have a more confident smile, straight teeth are easier to clean with a toothbrush and floss. This helps to prevent cavities and bone loss. In more severe cases, the individual’s profile can also become more attractive.   

Six Month Smiles Braces

This method uses clear brackets and white wires to effectively move teeth in an average of just six months. By utilizing special brackets and wires, these braces are not as noticeable as standard metal braces. Great dental hygiene is always important when wearing braces. Please check out the website for Six Month Smiles at sixmonthsmiles.com.

Clear Aligners

These aligners, like Invisalign, utilize a series of clear, plastic custom-fit trays to effectively move teeth. The trays need to be worn at least 22 hours per day and should only be removed to eat and clean teeth. Patient compliance is the key to successful tooth movement.

What to Expect During Treatment

The teeth and gums are often sore during orthodontic treatment. This is normal and indicates that the teeth are moving. Changes in your bite can also occur as teeth move. The bite will settle in as treatment progresses. You will also need to focus on oral hygiene to ensure adequate plaque removal.

Polishing between the Teeth

With either type of orthodontics offered at All American Dental, minor polishing between the teeth may be required. This allows for quicker tooth movement as it makes room for crowded teeth and removes friction between the teeth. This does not harm the teeth as only a small amount of enamel is polished. Numbing is not required for this procedure.

Post-Orthodontic Retainers

Retainers are required with any type of tooth movement. It is natural for teeth to move back or relapse toward their original position once treatment has completed. Retainers prevent this natural tendency by locking the teeth into their new, more desirable position. There are two types of retainers – fixed and removable. Fixed retainers adhere to the back of the teeth and remain fixed in place. These are effective but can be difficult to clean around.

Removable retainers are clear plastic trays that can be taken in and out. They allow for easier cleaning of the teeth, but also require patient compliance to ensure they are worn as directed. In some cases, both types of retainers may be used. Dr. Wietholder will recommend which type of retainers will be best for your unique situation.

Are You Ready for a Straighter Smile?

Call All American Dental in Columbia, MO at 573-449-1918 to schedule your consultation.