Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. The word “orthodontics” comes from the Greek words “orthos,” meaning “straight or correct,” and “dontos,” meaning “teeth.”

For thousands of years, civilizations have used different methods to straighten teeth. The Ancient Romans also used thin gold wires called ligature wires threaded through teeth to close gaps between them. 

It was not until the mid-1900s that orthodontics really began to develop as a specialty. In 1901, American orthodontist Edward H. Angle established the first orthodontic society called the American Society {now Association} of Orthodontists.

Orthodontics has come a long way since then. Today, orthodontists use a variety of appliances, including metal braces, clear braces, ceramic braces, and invisible braces, to correct dental irregularities. They also use new technologies, such as digital scanning and 3D printing, to create custom braces and aligners.

DeWitt Dental Associates offers orthodontic treatment using SureSmile, an effective clear aligner treatment designed to fit your lifestyle: custom-fit, comfortable to wear, and virtually invisible. Dr. Magstadt has helped create improved smiles with clear aligners for over 15 years. If you’re looking for braces in Denver or orthodontics in Denver, schedule a consultation at DeWitt Dental Associates by calling 303-321-5656 or completing the online booking form.

Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth; it’s also about improving the function and aesthetics of the teeth, jaws, and face. Orthodontic treatment can improve your bite, make it easier to clean your teeth and help you avoid tooth wear and gum disease. It can also improve your appearance, giving you a boost of confidence.

Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Metal Braces

Clear orthodontic aligners are an orthodontic appliance that can correct dental irregularities and mild to medium malocclusion or misaligned teeth.

  • They are made from clear plastic trays and fit snugly over the teeth.
  • Clear dental aligners are almost invisible, making them a popular choice for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without the look of metal braces.
  • Clear aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours daily to be effective.

Traditional braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets glued to the teeth. A wire is then threaded through the brackets and tightened.

  • Traditional braces are visible when you smile and can be uncomfortable to wear.
  • Traditional braces can cause sores on the gums and cheeks and generally take longer to straighten teeth than SureSmile Aligners.
  • Traditional braces can fix some orthodontic issues that clear aligners cannot.

How Does SureSmile® Work?

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The first step in orthodontic treatment is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. During the consultation, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for SureSmile Aligners. If you are, the orthodontist will take digital scans of your teeth and send them to a lab. The lab will use the scans to create custom-fit SureSmile Aligners for you.

You will then be given your set of custom aligners to wear. Each teeth aligner is worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next aligner in the series. As you progress through the aligners, your teeth gradually move into the desired position. The entire orthodontic treatment process can take six months to a year or longer, depending on the severity of your case.

After your treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position. Wearing a retainer is an essential part of orthodontic treatment. Without a retainer, your teeth may gradually return to their original position.

The Benefits of Clear Aligners

SureSmile clear dental aligners offer many benefits over traditional braces. Some of the benefits are:

  • They are virtually invisible.
  • Fewer dental visits.
  • They are comfortable to wear and convenient.
  • They can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth.
  • They generally take less time to straighten teeth than traditional braces.
  • They are easy to keep clean.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Most people are good candidates for invisible teeth aligners. And while they can help with many issues, they are not for everyone. Conventional braces may be the best option if you have severe orthodontic problems, such as a misaligned jaw. Other issues that may prevent you from being a candidate for clear aligner therapy include:

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  • Severe bite problems and severely crooked teeth.
  • Teeth that are too short or are pegged.
  • Large gaps in teeth.
  • Intrusion and extrusion.

Are There Any Side Effects?

SureSmile Aligners are generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects are mild discomfort and soreness of the teeth and gums. These side effects are usually temporary and resolve within a few days.

Can Children Use Clear Aligners?

Yes. Clear aligners can be used to treat children as well as adults. However, because children’s teeth are still growing, they may not be suitable for all orthodontic cases. Your orthodontist can determine if clear aligners are suitable for your child’s particular case.

Beautiful Straight Teeth

At DeWitt Dental Associates, we proudly offer orthodontic treatment with SureSmile Aligners. Clear aligners are a great way to get a perfect smile without the inconvenience and discomfort of traditional braces. If you’re searching for braces in Denver or orthodontics in Denver, schedule a consultation with Dr. Magstadt today to see if clear aligners are right for you. Call us at 303-321-5656 to start your journey to straighter teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean my aligners?

You should clean your aligners at least once a day. To clean them, simply remove them from your mouth and brush them with a soft toothbrush. You can also rinse them with lukewarm water.

Can I eat with my aligners in?

No. You should remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water.

How often do I need to see the orthodontist?

You will need to see the orthodontist every six weeks for a progress check.

What is the cost of SureSmile Aligners?

The cost of orthodontic treatment with SureSmile Aligners varies depending on the severity of your case.

Can clear aligners fix a crossbite?

Yes. Clear aligners can be used to treat a crossbite and other bite issues.

Can clear aligners fix crowded teeth?

Yes. Crowded teeth are one of the most common orthodontic problems that clear aligners can fix.