Straighter Smile, Brighter Outlook
A smile is one of our most common facial expressions. Whether we're sharing good times with loved ones, making first impressions at school or work, or just giving a nod and a smile to a stranger, feeling uncomfortable with our teeth can greatly affect our confidence. Along with aesthetics, crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can cause discomfort and jaw issues. Orthodontic treatments can greatly improve the condition of your teeth, and working with experienced specialists is the best way to see great results.
Dental care can be complex and often includes many different treatment paths. Our specialists at Lakeshore Dental are deeply committed to providing patients with comprehensive care that includes services provided by our team of experts as well as our trusted orthodontic care partners. Patients seeking orthodontics in Detroit, MI, can be confident that they will receive the highest quality care and outstanding results.
What is Orthodontic Dentistry?
Orthodontic dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of irregularities in the alignment and positioning of teeth and jaws. This field utilizes a combination of treatment methods and advanced technologies to achieve optimal dental and facial aesthetics, as well as ideal functional ability. Orthodontic treatment can correct crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, enhancing the smile's appearance and aligning the jaw.
Far from a one-size-fits-all approach, orthodontic care is about meeting patients' needs based on tailored treatments designed to address each individual's particular concerns. Correcting both aesthetic and functional issues can be part of orthodontic care, but the method used depends on the patient. Your dental team can help you determine which method you are the best candidate for and discuss what to expect with each.
Metal braces are a traditional and proven effective orthodontic technique that has been used for decades to correct multiple orthodontic issues. Useful for more than just crooked teeth, metal braces can also correct overbites, underbites, overcrowding, and other misalignment concerns. Using a system of brackets, wire, and rubber bands, metal braces are placed on the teeth and then adjusted over time to gradually move the teeth into the proper position.
This option works to straighten teeth the exact same way as metal braces but is aesthetically more discreet and preferred by some patients who would rather their braces be less noticeable. Instead of silver metal brackets and bright rubber bands, ceramic braces use clear rubber bands and brackets that are transparent or close to the color of your teeth to blend in. They are just as effective as traditional steel braces but offer a lower aesthetic profile.
Clear aligners are created by many manufacturers, but some of the pioneers and best known include Invisalign and 3M Clarity. They are the optimal choice for those who would like to avoid obvious braces and stick with the least noticeable orthodontic intervention. They are also completely removable and easy to care for. All clear aligners work by using a "tray" style, a transparent device that is shaped around the teeth to push them gently into the right place. The aligners are gradually replaced as the teeth shift. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for clear aligners, so it's important to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable dental professional.
Many patients experiencing orthodontic concerns, including teeth that are crowded, gaps, overbite or underbite, or even TMJ and jaw problems, can benefit from our Detroit, MI, orthodontic treatment. Those who are currently dealing with periodontal disease will need to have this addressed prior to having braces. Additionally, people who have had extensive past dental work, such as bridges or implants, may not be ideal candidates for braces. The best way to determine if you are a candidate or which option is best for your dental health is to have a thorough consultation with dental experts who can take a fully customized approach to treatment.
During a consultation, our dental specialists will perform a full examination, discuss both your goals and dental history, and provide a detailed treatment plan, including any necessary referrals to our partners, along with preparation instructions if required.
Experience the convenience of comprehensive dental care with Lakeshore Dental and our trusted orthodontic care partners, serving patients in Detroit, MI. Our well-rounded team of experienced and skilled dental specialists is here to address all your needs, from standard preventative care to after-hours emergencies and everything in between. Enjoy a seamless experience and fully customized care for each patient's unique needs at Lakeshore Dental.
Call us now for your comprehensive dental consultation at 586-777-0260. You can also message us anytime or use our convenient contact form to get in touch.
Patients may experience some discomfort after the initial placement, but it is typically mild and lasts less than a week.
While the goal of orthodontic treatments is to be permanent, ultimately, lasting results depend on patient adherence to post-treatment maintenance, including the use of retainers.
The cost of orthodontic treatments varies widely depending on each patient's specific needs and goals.
In some cases, certain types of orthodontic care are covered by dental insurance, but coverage does vary and should be confirmed with your provider.
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