A crooked smile may be charming, but it can also increase the risk of serious dental problems, including dental trauma, gum disease, and tooth decay. If your teeth are crowded, gapped, or crooked, or your bite is imbalanced, you may need orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation with our orthodontist today to find out more about your candidacy and your options.
Orthodontic treatment is designed to:
- Improve the aesthetics of your smile
- Promote better oral function
- Increase your ability to clean your teeth
- Correct the distribution of forces and wear patterns
- Guide teeth into their proper positions
- Reduce the risk of injury to teeth
- Promote better self-confidence
- Optimize other dental treatment
Our dental team may determine that you need orthodontics if you have:
- Upper teeth that protrude excessively beyond the lower teeth
- Lower teeth that protrude beyond the upper teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that do not meet
- Crowded or overlapped teeth
- A misplaced midline
- Uneven or excessive wear patterns
- A crossbite
- Gaps between your teeth
You may also benefit from treatment if you have difficulty chewing or speaking due to the position of your teeth.
Although the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive a complete orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven years old, orthodontic treatment can be useful at any age. If your teeth and gums are healthy, our orthodontist may recommend treatment. Options may include conventional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, or other treatments designed to bring your teeth into alignment, correct malocclusions, and improve the health and aesthetics of your smile.
Orthodontic treatment works by using gentle, steady pressure to shift teeth in the jaw. Gradually, the bone remodels around the roots of the teeth, and the periodontal ligaments adjust to hold the teeth in their new positions. Treatment can take twelve to thirty-six months, but the benefits can last a lifetime.
If you are unhappy with your smile and have symptoms that indicate the need for orthodontics, it is time to call and schedule an appointment. A complete evaluation can help you learn more about your options and get you started on the journey towards a healthier smile. Call us today to learn more.