OrthodonticsDoctor Anish Patel on Orthodontics at Panama City Smiles Read Transcript
Orthodontics is something that we got into because we wanted a way to cosmetically fix someone's smile without having to do it on drilling, injections, and things like that. We use it as a tool for, obviously, kids that are growing that have misaligned teeth, smiles that they want to work on. We also use it as a tool for prepping cosmetic cases, so that we have to do less invasive procedures later on.
Orthodontics, I think, is probably the simplest and least painful way to fix your smile, besides, maybe, whitening. Those two things combined can really enhance someone's smile without having to drill on teeth and do injections and things like that.
We do traditional braces, which are the metal kind. We also do Clear-Correct, which is the same kind of thing as Invisalign. Clear-Correct is somewhat limited in what we can do with that. We can do minor movements or relapse cases, things like that, with Clear-Correct. Then, we can do almost anything with regular braces.
We've managed to even combine braces with implants and things like that to take them even a notch further to do cases that we typically couldn't do. We can put implants into anchor and pull teeth way further back and way further forward than we could before. The change in confidence that people have when their smile goes from crooked, or misaligned, everybody is their own worse critic. When they look in the mirror, they see everything that's wrong with their smile. When you can fix all that with ortho, or with Clear-Correct, and allow that person to smile big or more confidently, it really does change their life.
We've heard stories about new relationships forming after they did that. Or, job, like getting promotions, things like that, because they have more confidence. Really, I think, a study showed about 70% or 80% of someone's appearance is their smile, is what people remember. If you can have a nice, confident smile, straight, it really does wonders for your self-confidence.
If you’re looking to straighten your teeth, visit top-notch Panama City, FL dentist Dr. Patel at Panama City Smiles. We offer several orthodontics options to improve your alignment, correct your bite, eliminate gaps, and ease teeth crowding.
For your convenience, we provide complete orthodontic care under one roof at our Panama City, FL dental office, including:
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Short-term ClearCorrect aligners
Top-notch Panama City, FL dentist Dr. Patel has completed a three-year advanced training course just on orthodontics, so no matter the particular treatment you receive, you can rest assured your smile is in good hands.
He will also help you prepare for your first orthodontic appointment, when he will give you an estimate of your treatment time, discuss your options, and let you know what to expect. If you have any X-rays from a previous provider, we ask that you bring those along with you.
Though there are several orthodontic options today, traditional braces are still the best choice for many people of all ages when it comes to adjusting the alignment of your teeth. We often recommend braces for cosmetic dentistry reasons, but they also improve functionality of the mouth and uniformity of the teeth.
To place braces, Dr. Patel will bond brackets made of metal to your teeth. Then he will place wires through the brackets, which guide the teeth into their correct positions.
Orthodontics treatment with traditional braces varies greatly from patient to patient, depending on your age, degree of misalignment, and other issues. The usual length of treatment for most cases is one to three years.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as traditional braces and work exactly the same way. They cost more than traditional braces, but because they use tooth-colored or clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, they are not as noticeable as metal braces.
Lingual braces, also called “incognito” braces, work as well as traditional braces but are not visible when you smile because we place the brackets and wires on the back of your teeth instead of the front.
Lingual braces cost more than traditional braces, but for many people, the benefit of hiding orthodontics treatment is worth it.
ClearCorrect Invisible Braces
A discreet alternative to traditional braces is ClearCorrect, an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of smooth plastic aligners instead of metal wires and brackets. You wear each aligner for several weeks before changing to a new one. With each new aligner, your teeth are gradually straightened.
ClearCorrect aligners are:
- Invisible – no one will know you have them on unless they know what to look for
- Comfortable – no wires or metal to irritate your mouth
- Removable – eat, drink, and brush and floss normally
ClearCorrect short-term orthodontics cost about the same as traditional braces, but for most of our patients, they work much faster. Each case is different, but the average length of treatment is just six months!
Have you been considering orthodontics to straighten your smile and restore your confidence? Take the first step and call Panama City Smiles at (850) 763-8788 or use our online form to request a private consultation with trusted Panama City, FL dentist Dr. Patel.