Braces and Orthodontics in New Albany, MS
At Mercier Dental, we know that the look and functionality of your teeth can have a big impact on your life, from your self-confidence to discomfort and difficulty eating. We offer orthodontics, the area of dentistry whose sole purpose is to help straighten and align teeth. Orthodontics can treat dental issues such as gaps, crookedness, overbites, and other malocclusions to give you a more beautiful smile and improve your bite and comfort. While traditional metal braces are most often what people think of, there are many types of orthodontic treatments that can help you.
Braces work to straighten your teeth through a system of brackets attached to an arch wire. A metal bracket is secured to each tooth, typically with dental cement, and then they’re connected to one another with an arch wire, which uses force to push the teeth into the desired position over time.
Ceramic braces function as typical braces, but the ceramic material can make them less noticeable on the teeth. They’re often preferred to the metal braces because they do offer a level of discretion to the wearer, and they’re just as effective as metal braces.
There are several different kinds of invisible braces that are available to patients seeking an extra discreet way to straighten their teeth. Invisible braces work by wearing a clear casing that fits over your teeth and gently adjusts them over time. They can be more comfortable than traditional braces, and they don’t keep you from eating or drinking foods that you love. The downsides to invisible braces are that they do tend to be more expensive and take a longer amount of time to work than traditional braces do, and they aren’t available for children.
Palatal expanders help solve the problem of teeth that are crowding together. They are applied to your palate and use pressure to help force your teeth back, giving them the proper spacing required for a healthy, beautiful smile. Palatal expanders are often used to get your teeth into a position that braces can then be applied to.
Which is best for you?
Knowing which option is best for you or your loved one is where we at Mercier Dental come in. When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit with you and listen to your concerns and preferences for the orthodontic solution you want, and we’ll advise you on the option that we recommend for the best outcome for your teeth. We want you to have the orthodontic solution that will provide you with your desired results, but we also want you to be as comfortable as possible, both with how they look and how they feel. We use the latest technology to make sure you get the most comfortable, effective fit available, and our financing options can help cover the costs if your insurance doesn’t.