Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You?

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There are many orthodontic treatments offered to patients now, and each has its advantages. Orthodontists have the experience and knowledge to help each patient consider their options. Each patient is unique, and they have different factors like age, jaw imbalances, size of teeth, size of mouth, and more that will determine the orthodontic treatment used. Dr. Cook and our staff at Cook Orthodontics will help each patient make the best decision to achieve a beautiful smile.

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Traditional braces are the recommended orthodontic treatment by most orthodontists. By using a combination of brackets and wires attached to the teeth, braces help straighten a smile. Rubber bands may be used for additional force to move the teeth and correct the bite. Braces won’t only help achieve a beautiful smile, but they also help enhance oral hygiene, improve speech, and make eating easier. Braces can correct an assortment of issues, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, underbite, overbite, jaw alignment, and the overall appearance of a smile.

Clear Aligners

Nearly invisible plastic shells that snap over the teeth, clear aligners are a more discreet orthodontic treatment than traditional braces. Clear aligners apply gentle pressure to assist in moving the teeth gradually. Mild to moderate orthodontic problems are the best circumstances to use clear aligners. Clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth and typically worn one week at a time before moving to the next aligner. The number of aligners and treatment time needed varies between patients. The most common conditions that clear aligners can fix are crooked teeth, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, and underbite. 


Treatment isn’t done after braces or aligners; retainers are the key to maintaining the smile achieved. Retainers are designed to keep the teeth straight after orthodontic treatment and can be made of wires, plastic, or acrylic. Retainers fit snugly over or behind teeth, minimizing the natural movement of teeth over time. Teeth will most likely revert to their original positions; patients can ensure the resilience of their new beautiful smile by regularly wearing a retainer.

Advantages of Orthodontic Treatment

There are obvious cosmetic benefits to orthodontic treatment, but there are also health-related advantages to receiving treatment. When teeth are in proper alignment, it makes it easier to clean them—making it easier to avoid cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Straight teeth can lead to better chewing and speed function. Orthodontic treatment can also ease pain related to TMJ disorder, overcrowded mouth, and imbalanced bite. Lastly, orthodontic treatments can help achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. 

girl showing her braces while smiling and with flowers in her hair

Orthodontic Treatments Can Benefit Everyone

Although some patients may need orthodontic treatment more than others, there are benefits for everyone to receive some form of treatment. Braces and clear aligners are the best way to straighten your teeth and improve oral health. Remember that retainers are a must after receiving orthodontic treatment. Don’t let the time you spend with braces or aligners go to waste by not wearing a retainer after treatment! Consult Dr. Cook and our staff if there are any concerns about the appearance, health, or function of your teeth. A healthy, beautiful smile is worth the time and money of orthodontic treatment. Improve your confidence with orthodontic treatment and schedule an appointment to visit us in Roosevelt, Utah or Sandy, Utah today!