Sometimes Braces Are Still The Best Bet

  • March 1, 2016

There aren’t very many people who would jump for joy at the idea of wearing braces, are there? We see plenty of patients at Donaldson 3D Orthodontics, and there aren’t very many children or adults who are excited about the prospect of years of metal in their mouths.

What is exciting is the prospect of a better smile, less jaw pain, and long-term oral health granted by proper tooth and jaw alignment. While many patients can benefit from alternative treatments such as Invisalign there are still cases when braces are the hands-down best option.

The Braces Advantage

The new game in orthodontic care seems to be alternative treatments. Like we said earlier, no one really wants to wear braces, which is why invisible, hidden, and short-term treatments are so popular. But sometimes they just won’t work!

Jaw Alignment

If you have a bite that is improper because of jaw alignment you’ll be much more pleased with the outcome braces can get you. Because the forces applied during traditional orthodontic treatment can be more greatly customized we’re able to adjust jaw alignment cases like crossbites, underbites, and overbites far more easily.

Without proper treatment jaw alignment problems can lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which is the joint that controls the opening and closing of your jaw. Over time this can lead to headaches, trouble chewing, popping sounds in your jaw joint, muscle pain, and abnormal tooth wear. That’s just a few of the complications – jaw alignment should be treated not only to perfect your smile but also to protect your long-term oral health and happiness!

Rotated Teeth

Sometimes a tooth comes in sideways. It’s not uncommon for people with crowded teeth to experience that sort of problem, and there isn’t a lot that cosmetic orthodontic treatments can do for that severe of a problem.

Traditional braces are able to apply force to a crooked tooth to bring it back into line with the other ones, all while creating additional space for it by scooting the neighboring teeth apart. A treatment like Invisalign can’t do much to move teeth apart while rotating a tooth, making these kinds of cases much better for braces.

Improperly Erupted Canines

Your canine teeth are those sharp ones that are right next to your front four teeth. You’ve probably known someone growing up who had canines that erupted well above their other teeth, giving them a look like they had extra fangs. It’s not an uncommon condition, and it’s one that’s best treated with braces.

There isn’t very much that other orthodontic systems can do about teeth that are simply out of line with other teeth. Moving canine teeth down to their proper position requires extra wiring and specialized bands that slowly pull them into place over a period of time. Much like rotated teeth, room usually needs to be made for them as well.

Multi-Step Treatments

When it comes to treating complicated orthodontic cases that require multiple treatment phases there’s nothing like braces. We can use a series of different wires, bands, and other tools to perform more adjustments than any other system around.

If you or your children have complicated treatment needs then you’re probably going to get the most out of traditional braces. They enable us to make multiple changes to your mouth all without having to start over with new types of treatments for each phase.

How We Make Braces Better

If braces are an inevitable part of your life the most you can do is make the treatment easy, efficient, and effective. We do that through our use of 3D orthodontic technology that allows us to get an unparalleled level of detail in examining your teeth, gums, and jaw bone.

Because we’re able to see all the parts of your teeth with equal detail we can tell exactly what’s wrong with the crown and the roots – something that isn’t practical with 2D imaging and X-ray technology. Seeing all sides of your teeth makes treatment planning far more efficient, which in turns reduces treatment time and makes your results far more predictable.

Face The Future With A New Smile

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be something to dread. It’s simply a part of your life that will transform you into a more confident, happier, and healthier person. If you’re ready to embrace orthodontic care with a digital edge call our Broussard or New Iberia office today!

You can reach both our locations by calling 337-465-4139 or by filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Orthodontics does more than straighten your teeth! From better sleep, relieving jaw pain and better overall health – orthodontics can help!