A straight smile is a highly coveted aesthetic asset. People with straight, properly aligned teeth tend to have high self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, achieving a straight smile is not impossible at any age. Orthodontic treatment is effective and produces lasting results – even for adults. Our general dentistry and orthodontic practice utilizes various forms of treatment to correct a number of issues that affect the alignment of teeth. In addition to offering treatment options like traditional braces and more discreet choices such as tooth-colored braces and Invisalign, our practice employs state of the art technology to enhance patient care and provide individualized treatment plans.
Common Orthodontic Problems
The placement and positioning of teeth can greatly affect the aesthetics of a smile and oral function. Common issues with tooth alignment include crooked, crowded, overlapped, and gapped teeth. All of these issues can be remedied by wearing orthodontic appliances. Overbites, underbites, and other occlusal issues (the way that teeth line up when the mouth is closed) can be improved or corrected with braces.
The basic principle behind orthodontics is to use a gentle yet consistent application of pressure to slowly shift teeth to their desired positions over time. This can be accomplished by attaching fixed appliances like brackets and archwires to teeth. Elastic bands and lingual holding arches can be used to facilitate more tooth movement in a more precise way. There are methods for making traditional braces more inconspicuous in appearance. Instead of colored or metal brackets, patients may choose clear and ceramic varieties.
Another popular option for addressing tooth placement issues are removable oral appliances like those used in Invisalign treatment. These retainer-like appliances are custom fitted for a patient. They are worn in succession; with each set more form fitting than the last, to shift teeth over time. Made from clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are often favored by patients because they are comfortable and very discreet. Clear braces are great for minor adjustments to tooth placement and for closing in gaps between teeth.
When it comes to determining the type of treatment best for your needs, we recommend consulting with our educated and knowledgeable staff. At your appointment, we will evaluate the positioning of your teeth and discuss your unique concerns to develop a course of treatment that is right for your needs and goals.
A Sound Investment in Your Wellbeing
Having a straight smile, while attractive, is also beneficial to your oral health. Properly positioned teeth are easier to keep clean and when proper oral hygiene is practiced, patients reduce the likelihood of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
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