Level One Orthodontics Provides a Philosophy of Aesthetics
When most people think of braces, they think of straightening teeth. Orthodontics provide a way for patients to beautify their smile and achieve brilliant aesthetic results. In Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY, Dr. L. Douglas Knight embraces a comprehensive philosophy of care in which he utilizes three different levels of orthodontics. Level one orthodontics is the simplest, most straightforward way of attaining a gorgeous smile.
It must be pointed out that proper orthodontic treatment will extend beyond level one for most patients. Level one orthodontics alone may be sufficient for patients who have mild cases of misalignment. In order to provide comprehensive care, Dr. Knight recommends addressing function and health in addition to aesthetics. We can help you determine a treatment plan that addresses your specific issues and concerns.
Examples of Level One Treatment
Beautiful aesthetics is the primary goal of level one orthodontics. Today, modern technology allows us to provide more comfort and efficiency than in years past. Some examples of level one treatment include:
- Traditional metal braces: Silver in color, these are what most people picture when thinking of braces. Comprised of brackets, bands, and arch wires, this system gradually moves the teeth into their desired positions using constant, steady pressure. Made of surgical-grade stainless steel, metal braces now boast a sleek design, providing more comfort than the earlier versions.
- Clear or ceramic braces: This option is a popular choice among adult patients, or anyone who prefers a less conspicuous design. Made of porcelain or ceramic, the brackets in this system are clear or tooth-colored, offering a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The arch wires are frosted, so they blend in with the natural teeth.
- Invisalign®: Touted as The Clear Alternative to Braces®, this system consists of a series of clear, removable plastic trays, used to gently move the teeth. A big hit among teens and adults alike, patients who wear Invisalign® enjoy fewer dietary restrictions and easier oral hygiene. Because there is no metal, there are typically no concerns regarding lip or cheek irritation. Compliance can be an issue, however, if patients continuously forget to wear their trays.
Will Braces Be Enough?
Some patients will have successful treatment with level one orthodontics alone. In mild cases, moving the teeth into more desirable positions will be sufficient. For the majority of patients, however, there will be other things to consider, such as occlusion (the way your teeth fit together when you bite), and jaw function.
The only way to know for sure what is recommended for you is to see Dr. Knight for a visit. Each patient has vastly different needs, so treatment can vary accordingly. Recent advances in technology allow us to diagnose accurately and offer a predictable outcome. This can give way to shorter treatment times for our patients.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you think you may need orthodontic treatment, schedule a complimentary visit with Dr. Knight to find out if you are a candidate. At Knight Orthodontics, we take pride in making patients our number one priority. Our team will be here throughout the duration of your treatment to address any concerns or questions. You can call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff), or schedule an appointment online.