The Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment

When it’s time to seek orthodontic care, the available options can be overwhelming. You may be wondering if you need braces, if Invisalign is a better choice, or what surgical orthodontics even entails. At Master Orthodontics, we understand how you feel. That’s where Dr. Carlos Caballero, a leading orthodontic specialist, comes in. With his expertise and experience, he can work with you to discuss your smile goals and develop the ideal treatment plan to achieve them. Patients in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, and nearby areas agree that Master Orthodontics is the go-to place for orthodontic care.

However, you may still be curious about the various treatment options and who they’re suitable for. In the following sections, we’ll delve deeper into each option, so that you can feel more confident when deciding which orthodontic treatment is the right fit for you.

What are the different types of orthodontic treatment available? 

Orthodontic treatment is an effective way to improve both oral health and physical appearance. With several types of orthodontic treatment available, patients can choose the treatment that best suits their needs. The most common types of orthodontic treatment include traditional braces, Invisalign, lingual braces, self-ligating braces, and ceramic braces.

Traditional braces – Reliable, Versatile, Effective

Traditional braces are ideal for patients with complex orthodontic issues, such as severely crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. They consist of metal brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth. Over time, the wires are tightened, moving the teeth into the correct position. This type of treatment is especially beneficial for children and teenagers, as early intervention can help prevent future orthodontic problems.

Invisalign – Innovative, Low-Profile, Effective. 

Invisalign is a more discreet alternative to traditional braces. It uses clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for each patient, which are changed every two weeks. This type of treatment is best suited for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as slightly crooked teeth or gaps between teeth. Invisalign is popular among teenagers and adults who desire a more subtle orthodontic treatment.

Clear Braces – Discreet, Elegant, Effective 

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are made from clear or tooth-colored material, making them less visible. This type of treatment is best suited for patients who desire a less noticeable orthodontic treatment option.

The Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment

What are some more specialized orthodontic treatments?

In addition to orthodontic treatment, patients may benefit from surgical orthodontics.

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment that involves surgery to correct severe jaw abnormalities. This type of treatment is often used in combination with braces to improve the function and appearance of the teeth, jaw, and face.

Surgical orthodontics is typically recommended for patients with severe malocclusions or bite problems that cannot be corrected with traditional orthodontic treatments alone.

 Malocclusions can cause a range of problems, including difficulty chewing, speaking, and breathing, as well as jaw pain, headaches, and uneven wear on the teeth.

Before surgery, patients will undergo a comprehensive evaluation, which may include dental x-rays, photographs, and computerized imaging. This evaluation allows Dr. Caballero to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.

During surgery, Dr. Caballero will work closely with an oral surgeon to reposition the jawbones into a more favorable alignment. The surgeon will make incisions in the gums and use specialized instruments to reposition the jaw. In some cases, bone grafts or other materials may be used to fill in gaps and promote healing.

After surgery, patients will typically require a period of recovery and rehabilitation, which may include a liquid or soft food diet, pain medication, and physical therapy. Patients will also need to wear braces for a period of time to help align the teeth and jaws properly.

Surgical orthodontics can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, improving their ability to eat, speak, and breathe comfortably, as well as boosting their self-confidence and overall well-being. However, it is important to note that this type of treatment is typically reserved for severe cases and may not be appropriate for all patients.

The Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment

It’s time to start smiling!  

Thank you for investing your time in learning about the different orthodontic treatment options available to you. Now that you’ve learned a bit more about the available options for orthodontic treatment,  let’s start crafting a customized treatment plan for you. Dr. Caballero collaborates closely with each patient to create a tailored plan based on their individual schedules, requirements, and aspirations. Additionally, our friendly and well-trained staff will make you feel at home.

We’re eager to help you achieve your dream smile, so don’t hesitate to call us today!

*** Dr. Caballero is the only Surgical and Craniofacial fellow trained Orthodontist in Kitsap County.