When you think of orthodontics, you probably automatically think of traditional braces. But orthodontics has come a long way since those metal “train tracks.” One of the most recent advances is called an orthodontic band. Orthodontic bands have the same purpose as traditional braces. They are meant to realign teeth. However, they do so in a much more low-profile way, making them less visible to others.
Who Can Try Orthodontic Bands?
In Athens, TX, orthodontic bands are available for many kinds of patients, including:
- Athletes who need low-profile orthodontics
- Adults whose teeth are more firmly set in place
- Children whose teeth are still in growth mode
Your Athens dentist can give you more insight as to whether an orthodontic band may be right for you.
Benefits of Orthodontic Bands
Orthodontic bands actually have several advantages over traditional braces and other orthodontic methods. For one thing, orthodontic bands are stronger, which makes it less likely they will come loose. They also offer faster results in most cases, and give more effective results. When drastic re-alignment is needed, orthodontic bands can be used in conjunction with clear ceramic brackets.
What is the Process Like?
You will likely need two appointments to get an orthodontic band. The first appointment will be so that your Athens dentist can take an impression of your teeth. That impression will then be sent to a dental lab, where they will manufacture a custom orthodontic band. Your second appointment will be for the actual fitting, where your Athens dentist will bond the orthodontic band to your teeth. You will find the entire experience almost painless and very fast.
Orthodontic bands are yet another option for your Athens dentist to treat misaligned teeth. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today for a consultation.