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Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”

By Rajeev Kulkarni DDS
June 09, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: braces   Invisalign  

Options for Straightening Your Teeth

Believe it or not, there are many different options when it comes to straightening your teeth. Besides the basic metal braces, there are other alternatives available for you to consider. Dr. Rajeev Kulkarni offers expertise and many different services that suit your orthodontic needs. Orthodontic Options
For years in the Wethersfield area, braces have been a popular choice in teeth straightening procedures. So many patients through the years have endured the typical metal style of braces, but did you know that there are newer, and more appealing options? Some alternatives to metal braces are even removable! Sounds pretty good, right? Read on to learn more about the best route you should take for you and your smile.

Dr. Kulkarni’s Office Has All of Your Orthodontic Needs

Our office wants you to know the different orthodontic treatments we offer so that you can weigh out your options.
  • Metal Braces – Metal braces have been a popular option for years and years. They are made up of a high-grade stainless steel and consist of metal bands that wrap around the molars in the back of your mouth. Small metal brackets are then cemented to the front of the other teeth. Metal braces have proven to be consistent, effective and an economical option.
  • Ceramic Braces – Rather than a metal material, ceramic braces are made from a translucent material the blends in with your tooth color. This option is much less noticeable than metal braces.
  • Clear Aligners – Clear aligners are clear alternatives to braces. Most adults do not want braces to be seen on their teeth or stuck on their teeth. Clear aligners are completely removable, which is ideal for eating, tooth-brushing and flossing.
Now that you have a good idea of the numerous possibilities of getting that perfect smile, it’s time to contact us to discuss which option is right for you.