Many people in need of advanced orthodontic care avoid pursuing it because they think there's only one option: braces. And while traditional metal braces do great work re-adjusting a misaligned bite or smile, many of our patients have reasons for wanting to avoid this treatment.
Fortunately, there are actually a number of treatment options available to you. Dr. Rudman will talk about them when you come in for a consultation, but one possible course of treatment is a retainer.
You're probably familiar with retainers, if only by reputation. But while you might think of them purely as tools for maintaining the results brought about by metal braces, retainers can, in fact, be used in place of braces.
The decision between a retainer and traditional metal braces basically comes down to the severity of your orthodontic needs. If you have a relatively mild condition, such as narrow gaps between teeth or a tongue thrust, a retainer might be a perfect option. However, for more significant, pronounced problems, including overbites, underbites or crossbites, metal braces are likely the way to go.
If you live in or around Stapleton, Colorado and you want to learn more about braces and other orthodontic treatment options, please call Advanced Orthodontic Care today at 303-331-0222.