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Orthodontic Fact #1 Almost 25% of patients that wore braces had to get them again after treatment because they failed to wear retainers as they were advised
Someone dreading the idea of braces? How silly they’ll look? Getting food stuck in their teeth? How long they’ll have to wear them? The pain? The cost? Things have changed. Today, there are options that will take the sting out of getting teeth aligned, but still lead to the perfect smile.
Not Your Parents’ Metal Wires
The days of traditional wires and metal filling mouths and painful adjustments that make it necessary to eat only yogurt for a day or two are long gone. Take Invisalign. This method uses clear aligners, comparable to a retainer. Adults and teens will love this option because it’s difficult to tell they’re wearing them, but it’s possible to see the changes happening. However, Invisalign isn’t available for everyone, so ask your orthodontist for the details.
Childer’s Orthodontics also offers SureSmile technology, which can cut down on the length of time necessary for the braces to be worn by about 30%. While it does use traditional metal wires, tiny robots automatically tighten the wires based on body heat, so there’s no need to see the orthodontist every month.
Keeping Teeth Straight
No matter what straightening method is used, keeping teeth aligned doesn’t end when you stop seeing the orthodontist. Many people wear braces a second time because they didn’t wear their retainers. Mistake! This is entirely avoidable. Keep the retainer on by:
- Ordering a second retainer in case the first is lost or broken
- Working to get into a habit of wearing it
- Obtaining a new retainer any time one is misplaced or broken
Once you’re on the path to straight teeth, you can maintain them in just a few hours every night.
Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment
At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:
• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation
Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815