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Orthodontics in Olathe, K

Orthodontistry is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth and bite. You may be more familiar with orthodontics if we use the word braces. Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. At Ryan Dental, we cover the basics for our patients to achieve a new smile, don't hesitate to give our office a call to see what we can do to help you get a straighter, more beautiful smile.

What are braces?

Braces are a tool that orthodontists use to straighten and align the teeth. Besides your teeth, your bite will also get corrected, allowing for dental health to be improved. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that bond to the surface of the teeth. The arch wires act as a track and guide each tooth to its proper position.

How do you know if you need braces?

While orthodontics and braces are part of cosmetic dentistry, braces can be vital to your oral health. Braces can correct more than just the appearance of the teeth. Braces also can correct crowding of the teeth, speech difficulties, or even bite issues. Correcting these things can result in a much easier time flossing and enjoying life. If you struggle with one of these or your teeth are visibly crooked, you may need braces.

Is Invisalign better than braces?

There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, as well as clear plastic braces. Invisalign is another popular option for teeth alignment. Invisalign will also help you achieve the straight teeth you desire through clear aligners that are barely noticeable. Since Invisalign does the same thing as metal braces, one is not better than the other. However, if you would like the option to remove your orthodontic material, you may want to look more into Invisalign and its function. If uncertain about which orthodontic treatment is right for you, our office would be happy to help you at a consultation.

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