Orthodontic Treatment: What should I expect at the initial evaluation?

braces Battle Creek MIOrthodontics focuses on treatment for teeth that are not in proper alignment. This can include crooked or crowded teeth, malocclusion, gaps between the teeth, and other problems with your bite. Typical treatment involves braces, but there are other options as well, depending upon your individual issues and preferences.

Orthodontic Consultation

Your orthodontic treatment begins with a consultation. During this appointment, you’ll discuss the problems with your teeth and the best options for correcting those issues. Treatment is based on each patient’s unique, individual needs in order to ensure teeth are properly aligned. If braces are recommended, options to be considered include traditional braces, lingual braces, or aligner trays.

During the consultation, photographs and X-rays will be taken of your teeth and molds might be used to demonstrate how your teeth look now, before treatment, and how they will look after treatment is completed. The timeframe as well as the cost and any concerns you might have about the process will also be addressed.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics has advanced over the years, providing many more options beyond traditional braces. Some of these options include:

  • Porcelain braces. Made of porcelain instead of metal, these braces are less visible
  • Lingual braces. These braces are placed on the backs of the teeth instead of the front
  • Clear aligners. A series of custom-made plastic trays that gradually shift teeth over time

Your preference for one treatment over another is something else you’ll discuss during the consultation. Adults, who prefer not to advertise that they’re wearing braces, often select less-visible options. However, in some cases, traditional braces will be the most effective. Treatment will depend upon the type and severity of your misalignment.

For more information or to schedule your orthodontic consultation, contact the office of Dr. John Morris today.