There are a number of different steps you can take today to work towards a more beautiful smile tomorrow.
Braces, retainers, and/or teeth whitening procedures might be the quickest way to improve your smile, depending on exactly what you’re looking for and the alignment of your teeth.
The great thing about braces is that they complement teeth whitening procedures and give you a healthier, more structurally sound smile over the long term.
Cosmetic Procedures to Consider to Improve Your Smile
When you walk into Dr. Carlyle’s office at Carlyle Orthodontics, you’ll be treated with warmth and respect and receive a truly customized treatment. It all starts with a consultation to discuss your personal goals and expectations.
From there, Dr. Carlyle and her team will work with you to find the ideal orthodontic treatment. Digital radiography, computer imaging and metal braces that have been designed to be more comfortable and discrete are all options for kids, adolescents, and adults. It’s never too late to improve your smile.
Metal Braces for Better Alignment
Dr. Carlyle is approved by the American Association of Orthodontists to work with kids, teens, and adults who might be interested in improving their smiles with metal and clear braces.
Metal braces are a more affordable option than many patients initially think and are smaller than braces from the past. Today’s metal braces are more discrete and far more comfortable to wear.
These kinds of braces are more permanent than clear braces, and the nice thing about metal braces is that they might not have to be worn as long. That’s because metal braces are extremely efficient at aligning misaligned teeth (malocclusion) and correcting a variety of bite issues.
Metal braces can help correct under- and overbites as well as open, deep, and crossbites. Quite often metal braces are used to bring teeth closer together and achieve greater alignment among teeth that are spread too far apart from each other.
Removable Clear Braces Increasingly Popular
Metal and clear braces provide both cosmetic and structural improvement to a person’s mouth since both tend to improve the smile over time, make chewing and eating easier, and reduce plaque accumulation that can result from poorly aligned teeth.
Clear braces are the go-to orthodontic treatment for many adults looking to discretely improve their smiles.
These kinds of braces are sometimes called aligners and have been around for at least 20 years—in 1997 computer technology and 3-D imaging had advanced to a point that clear braces could be crafted based on 3-D images of a patient’s mouth and supporting jaw structure.
Teeth Whitening Procedures
Although outside the realm of orthodontic treatment, teeth whitening is an option that some patients consider as a way to brighten their smiles and discover a more youthful appearance.
The effects of teeth whitening can last for up to two years. The two most popular kinds of teeth whitening agents break up stains, which can result in a noticeable whiter smile.
Orthognathic surgery isn’t right for every patient, but it can be extremely beneficial for patients who have jaw alignment issues. This kind of surgery is also sometimes called corrective jaw surgery.
Dr. Carlyle is in a unique position to help when it comes to corrective jaw surgery because of her background. She holds a doctor of dental surgery degree and decided on an orthodontics specialty after her general practice residency at the veterans affairs hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Invisalign: Nearly Invisible Alignment!
The Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that involves customized clear plastic aligners. Contact Dr. Carlyle’s team to schedule a consultation and find out more.