Williams & Hamman Orthodontics is proud to be the number-one smile solution for DeSoto County and the surrounding area! We’ve been serving our community for over thirty years, and our commitment to our patients extends well after they leave the office for their appointment.
That being said, what better way to illustrate that commitment than by working to keep you informed on how to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment? And there are so many different treatment options nowadays!
Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all treatment; frankly, the world of orthodontics couldn’t be better off for it. Whether you’re considering clear aligners or looking for something like clear braces, which give the advantages of a low-profile treatment option with all the power of traditional metal braces, there’s something for everyone at Williams & Hamman Orthodontics!
Once Dr. Williams, Dr. Hamman, or Dr. Swearingen have worked with you to find the best treatment option, you’ll want some helpful tips and tricks to optimize your process, and guess what? We’ve got you covered there, too! So read on, and we’ll learn how to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment.
First Off – What’s Right For Me?
First things first, we’ll want to get you into either our Southaven or Olive Branch office for an evaluation so you and our team can work together to make a determination on what type of treatment option is the best fit for your lifestyle, your bite, and your priorities.
Orthodontic treatment offers a fantastic way to enhance both your oral health and physical appearance. Various types of orthodontic treatments are available, allowing patients to choose the one that suits them best. Let’s explore some of the most common options:
Traditional Braces – The Reliable, Powerful Workhorse
Traditional braces are a great choice if you have complex orthodontic issues like severely crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. There’s a reason why they’re still the most popular treatment option at Williams & Hamman Orthodontics! These braces consist of metal brackets, and wires are carefully attached to your teeth. Over time, the wires are adjusted and tightened, which gently moves your teeth into their proper positions. Traditional braces are especially beneficial for children and teenagers since early intervention can prevent future orthodontic problems.
Nowadays, traditional braces are a lot more advanced than ever before! They’re more robust, more lightweight, and require a lot less maintenance than they used to. And that’s a great thing to hear since they’re often the best way for you to get a perfect, healthy smile if your case is a little more complex.
Clear Aligners – The Revolutionary Removable Aligners
Clear aligners are a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces, providing a more discreet treatment option. It employs clear plastic aligners custom-made for your teeth. You’ll progress through a series of trays as your teeth gradually shift into alignment. Aligners are suitable for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, such as crooked teeth or small gaps. It’s sometimes favored by teenagers and adults who prefer a subtler orthodontic treatment.
We scan your teeth and jaws quickly and non-invasively using our powerful iTero digital scanner, so there’s no gloopy impression-taking! The fact that aligners are removable is a huge plus. That means cleaning is a breeze, as you can just pop out your aligners during your brushing sessions! Since the aligners are removable it’s also very important that you are diligent in wearing them the proper amount of time every day so they can effectively move your teeth and you can achieve the desired result.
Clear Braces – Discreet, Elegant, Effective
If you’re interested in the low profile of something like aligners but don’t want to deal with keeping track of them, or maybe your case is a little more complex, ceramic braces are an excellent option. Similar to traditional braces, ceramic braces utilize brackets, but they are made from clear or tooth-colored material. This makes them much less visible, providing a discreet and elegant approach to straightening your teeth. Clear braces are particularly well-suited for those who value a more inconspicuous orthodontic treatment option.
Remember, each orthodontic treatment type has its advantages, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and preferences. By discussing your options with Dr. Williams, Dr. Hamman, or Dr. Swearingen, you can make an informed decision and embark on your personalized journey toward a healthier, more confident smile.
So Those Are My Options – What About Tips?
Now that you’ve seen a better look at some options available, let’s check out some helpful tips and tricks to get the most out of your treatment.
Tip #1 – Brushing and Flossing Regularly!
This might seem obvious, but superb oral hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment. Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles. Use interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean between braces or aligners.
Tip #2 Follow Instructions!
Dr. Williams, Dr. Hamman, and Dr. Swearingen are orthodontic experts and a resource for you to use! They will provide specific guidelines for wearing and caring for braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances. Follow their recommendations regarding wear time, dietary restrictions, and oral hygiene practices to ensure the best treatment outcomes.
Tip #3 Pay attention to your snack selection!
Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that damage your braces or dislodge aligners. Avoid habits like chewing ice or biting on pens, as they can also cause damage. Opt for softer foods, cut fruits into small pieces, and chew on the back teeth to minimize the risk of braces breakage.
Call Today to Learn More!
Now that you’ve gotten informed on how to get the most out of your treatment, all that’s left is the treatment! Luckily, Williams & Hamman Orthodontics has that covered!
As our patient, you’re joining a family with over thirty years of practice in Desoto County, so you know that every customer is important to us. After all, we’re a part of the community, just like you! Call us today at (662) 214-5394 in Southaven, (662) 635-8162 in Olive Branch, or just fill out this form to get started!
It’s time to kick your smile into high gear with Williams & Hamman Orthodontics!