Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics By drparr on October 29, 2021

Woman in exam chair speaking to dentistIf you have crooked or crowded teeth, orthodontics could be the best method to give you a straight smile and a healthier outlook on life—literally. Crooked teeth might seem like a superficial issue, but your teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. A misaligned bite can affect how you eat, breathe, smile, speak, and live. Orthodontics offers options to permanently treat misaligned teeth, giving you the quality of life you deserve.

The Smile Center, led by Dr. Scott Parr, has served the Virginia Beach, VA, area for more than 30 years. Our expert staff uses cutting-edge equipment and a compassionate atmosphere to ensure the highest level of care and patient satisfaction. Let’s answer some common questions about orthodontic care.

What Can Orthodontics Fix?

Orthodontics can repair and realign anything from minor tooth rotations to major irregularities in the dental arches and jaw position. While the list of benefits is extensive, the conditions orthodontics can remedy include but are not limited to:

  • Open Bite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Rotated Teeth
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding

What Are My Orthodontic Treatment Options?

Braces have come a long way over the years. The technology and materials available are better than ever, with options to fit almost every lifestyle and care plan. Here are the types of orthodontics we offer at our Virginia Beach, VA, office:

  • Metal Braces
  • Ceramic Braces
  • Lingual Braces
  • Invisalign®

How Do Metal Braces Work?

Often thought of as “traditional” braces, this treatment utilizes brackets and wires to guide your teeth into the right position. The brackets are bonded to the teeth. The archwire is held against the brackets with ties or rubber bands. On a regular schedule, you’ll come into the office for manual adjustments.

How Are Ceramic Braces Different from Metal Braces?

Ceramic and clear braces work just like their metal counterparts but are colored to match the hue of your natural teeth to blend in with your smile. This is a popular option for patients who are not eligible for clear aligners since the brackets blend in better with their natural teeth.

What Are Lingual Braces?

If discretion is a priority when getting braces, lingual braces may be the perfect option. These are brackets that are placed on the backs of your teeth. They work just like traditional metal braces but without drawing attention to your treatment. Most people are unable to see the lingual brackets when a person is smiling or laughing.

How Does Invisalign Compare to Braces?

Invisalign has quickly become the top choice for many orthodontic patients. Though they are typically a bit more expensive than traditional orthodontic treatments, patients love the control they offer. The clear aligner trays used instead of brackets and wires are totally transparent. Patients wear a series of plastic aligners that gently move their teeth into position, switching to a new aligner every two weeks.

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation

If you’re ready to improve your smile, The Smile Center can’t wait to speak with you. Say goodbye to tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and jaw issues with one phone call. Get in touch with our Virginia Beach, VA, office at (757) 473-8482, or send us a message online to schedule your appointment.

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The Smile Center

The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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