What is Cosmetic Orthodontics

Are you interested in achieving the best possible smile, but you’re concerned about bulky appliances that might draw unwanted attention? Cosmetic orthodontics may be the solution you’re looking for! At Smith & Heymann Orthodontics, we offer various treatment options that can help you straighten your teeth, fix bite problems, and improve your overall oral health, all while maintaining a low profile when it comes to your orthodontic care.

Cosmetic Orthodontics is a popular option for many patients, and the results are in – they’re loving the way they look! 

We asked Dr. Smith, Dr. Heymann, and Dr. Skillestad to go over the ins and outs of cosmetic orthodontics with us. If you’re considering cosmetic orthodontics, here’s what you need to know:

What is Cosmetic Orthodontics 

Cosmetic orthodontics refers to a specialized field of orthodontics that focuses on both the function and appearance of teeth. Its aim is to enhance your smile and improve your bite by addressing tooth crowding, alignment issues, and discoloration that may cause self-consciousness in social situations.

The effects of cosmetic orthodontics are long-lasting due to the techniques used, which are designed to strengthen the teeth and jaws over time. In addition to improving the aesthetic appeal of your teeth, cosmetic orthodontists can help achieve a better fit between the upper and lower teeth, reducing strain on the jaw joint. Compared to traditional metal braces, cosmetic braces are often smaller, making them less conspicuous.
When are Cosmetic Orthodontics Appropriate

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your treatment plan will depend on your unique dental needs and cosmetic goals. That said, many teens and adults prefer cosmetic orthodontics because they want to maintain their appearance while undergoing treatment. At Smith & Heymann Orthodontics, we understand this concern and offer multiple cosmetic treatment options to help our patients achieve their desired results.

Do I need Cosmetic or Functional Orthodontics

Functional orthodontics focus on treating dental issues in the most direct and practical way possible, while cosmetic orthodontics takes your appearance into account when making treatment decisions. However, with the advancements in orthodontic technology, many cosmetic treatments are also effective in treating dental issues. Ultimately, the decision between cosmetic and functional orthodontics will depend on your dental needs and goals, and can be determined by Dr. Smith, Dr. Heymann, and Dr. Skillestad.

Treatment Options

At Smith & Heymann Orthodontics, we offer a range of cosmetic treatment options to suit our patients’ individual needs and preferences:

Damon Metal Braces

While metal braces may be considered a traditional treatment option, they remain one of the most effective and efficient ways to straighten teeth. Metal braces are ideal for younger patients who may not be responsible enough to care for removable aligners, or for those with severe bite problems that require additional treatment such as palatal expanders.

Smith & Heymann offers the most effective bracket type on the market today, the Damon self-ligating system utilizes a type of bracket that is capable of providing individual pressure points per bracket, as opposed to the wire of traditional braces which spreads pressure out among them. Since each bracket is doing the work, treatment times are faster and treatment outcomes are more precise! 

Damon Clear Braces

Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, are a discreet alternative to metal braces. They are made of tooth-colored ceramic material that blends in with your teeth, making them barely noticeable. Clear braces are popular among adults and teens who want a more discreet treatment option, but they require extra care as they can be more brittle and prone to staining.

Damon Clear Braces are especially popular, as they leverage the power of the Damon self-ligating system, making them one of the most powerful types of bracket available. Just like with Damon Metal Braces, that means faster treatment times and more precise treatment outcomes! 

Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign is a popular cosmetic treatment option that uses clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, making them a great choice for people who want to maintain their appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment. However, Invisalign requires strict patient compliance, as the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours daily to be effective.

Give us a Call Today!

At Smith & Heymann Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile. That’s why we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique orthodontic needs and cosmetic goals. Our team of trained professionals will walk you through each step of the treatment process, from the initial consultation to the final results.

If you’re interested in cosmetic orthodontics, schedule a free consultation appointment at one of our convenient locations in Durham, Roxboro, Mebane, or Chapel Hill. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!