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Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is used to correct the position of your teeth and jaws, also known as malocclusion. Malocclusion can negatively affect the health of your teeth and gums, and jaw. It can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can improve your appearance, bite, and oral health. Having straight teeth makes it easier to clean them, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth are also easier to brush and floss, lowering the risk of plaque and decay. Orthodontic treatment can correct a wide range of dental and facial issues, including crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and problems with bites. Several types of orthodontic treatments available at Bay Area Dental can help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment


Traditional metal braces are the most common orthodontic appliance, helping most people achieve straighter teeth and a healthier bite. Metal brackets are bonded to each tooth with a thin metal wire running through them. This wire pressures the teeth to move them into the correct position over time. The orthodontist periodically adjusts the archwire as treatment progresses to continue moving the teeth into a better alignment overall.


Invisalign is a popular choice for those who do not want metal braces. These clear aligners are barely visible when worn, so they’re perfect for adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. In addition to being discreet, these aligners are also removable for eating or cleaning your teeth. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces and often result in faster treatment times.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional braces but use tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires. This makes them less noticeable and more aesthetically appealing compared to metal braces. Ceramic braces are popular for individuals who desire a more discreet treatment option.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

A More Beautiful Smile

The confidence that comes with having a smile you’re proud of is transformative. When you’re happy with the appearance of your smile, your self-esteem tends to improve. This boost in confidence can also help improve your social life. Being able to smile often also plays a big role in reducing stress, too.

Better Oral Health

Straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked or crowded teeth. When you don’t have to work as hard to get your home care routine right, it’s easier to maintain good oral health. Your tooth decay and gum disease risk decreases when you straighten your teeth. Crooked teeth are often harder to reach with a toothbrush or a floss threader. As a result, they’re harder to clean thoroughly. When you straighten them, you can make your entire mouth healthier.

Orthodontic treatment can significantly enhance a person's smile and facial aesthetics. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, visit Bay Area Dental at 3300 Webster Street, #907, Oakland, CA 94609, or call (510) 350-8187 to schedule an appointment.


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