If you want to get straight teeth or correct a bite problem, you have more orthodontic options in Knoxville than ever before. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary. Here are some of the common orthodontia terms heard around West Knoxville and Knoxville.
Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces
These are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth’. These braces can be just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many Knoxville adults and teens who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia. To find out if lingual braces are the best type for your teeth, lifestyle and budget, schedule an orthodontic consultation at Jim Erpenbach DDS by calling 865-329-7815. We can help you determine which type of adults braces system is right for you and your smile.
Traditional and Clear Retainers
Once a Knoxville clear braces or traditional braces patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. There are several types of retainers available for Knoxville cosmetic dental patients. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.
Clear retainers are newer on the West Knoxville orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.
You don’t need to live with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful teeth you are seeking. Let us help you develop a custom cosmetic dentistry treatment plan for your smile.