Different Types of Orthodontic Treatments


Orthodontic treatments can go a long way for anyone who uses it. This treatment is done as a result of different orthodontic hitches, which include teeth crowding, crossbites, spacing, improper bites impacted teeth, and inappropriate tooth eruption. Therefore, orthodontics focuses on rectifying these issues and a person’s general smile.

As mentioned earlier, Orthodontic treatment can be defined as a way of improving the way your teeth appear. It could be moving, straightening, or generally enhancing the way they function. Additionally, this treatment does not only enhance the entire look, but it’s an approach that will offer you long term oral health benefits. That means your teeth; gums and joints will be enriched.

While you are set to begin your treatment, understand that there are quite a number of them and each of the treatment will solely depend on your orthodontic problems, and how it will benefit you. Besides, the orthodontist is the one who will decide the kind of orthodontic treatment after evaluating your dental issue. Here are different types of orthodontic treatments; why and when the orthodontist will get it done.

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  1. Braces

Braces exist in different types, and they comprise metal braces, clear braces, and self-ligating braces, among others. Braces are mainly used as orthodontic treatment, and unlike the past; they are modernized, and when worn, people aren’t likely to notice. Additionally, braces can either be fixed or removable.

As an orthodontic treatment appliance, fixed braces are used to correct or guide the teeth into the absolute position.

Types of Braces

People get confused about applying braces as an orthodontic treatment because of its various kinds. Braces include:

  • Metal Braces

Also known as traditional braces are commonly used by kids for its affordability. They are metal brackets that are applied to your teeth, and the metal wire which is threaded on the brackets is meant to exert pressure on the teeth and finally move them.

  • Lingual Braces

Similar to metal braces, they, however, are to be applied on the inner side of the bite; they aren’t visible from the outside unless one opens their mouth. Besides, if you have an extreme orthodontic issue, it might not be an ideal treatment for you.

  • Self-Ligating Braces

With this type of brace, the bracket and wire system is significantly functional. Concretely, they are widely used by the experts today; contrary to the conventional method. Besides, they are not as painful as other types.

  1. Invisalign

Widely used and most useful, Invisalign is a unique kind of an invisible aligner that comes with several benefits including a “user-friendly” design. Invisalign treatment is invisible as well as removable at all times. However, it is expensive, unlike other braces, but it is of substance.

  1. Headgear

This treatment is done to rectify the placement of the back teeth; while treating the front teeth in the process. Moreover, you can only wear headgear in the evening and night since you can’t do other things wearing it. The headgear should be worn as directed by the orthodontist; otherwise, your front teeth may protrude as a result.

  1. Retainers

A retainer is another form of orthodontic treatment; usually used during the final process of treatment; it can either be fixed or removable.

When incorporated, this treatment holds the teeth while the gum and bones are moved to a new spot. You can permanently straighten your teeth if you consistently wear a retainer for the better part of your lifetime.

  1. Teeth Removal

Rarely though, tooth removal may be necessary at some point. It’s typically done to enhance and correct the placement of the subsequent tooth/teeth.

  1. Orthognathic Treatment

This is a surgery aimed at repositioning either or both jaws in patients with large jaw-divergence compared in sizes. Further, when the jaws are abnormally positioned in connection to the skull, this treatment is undertaken.

  1. Orthodontic Mini-Implants

Introduced in the 21st century, this is a treatment which comprises of Temporary Anchorage Devices, and it is meant to control the movement of the teeth during the surgery (orthognathic). Mini- implants are placed in between the pedigrees of the teeth. However, they can also be mounted on the gable of the mouth which are then connected to a static brace, moving the teeth as required.


While an orthodontic treatment result is achievable within a year, some conditions including observing oral health, the right diet, and wearing appliances as professionally recommended must be adhered to at all times.

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With over 17 years of experience in both cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry, Dr. Amir Dehghan is the dental professional to partner with to make a plan for your dream smile. His commitment to helping you to meet your goals is unmatched in Los Angeles County.


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