Orthodontic services work to correct teeth and jaws in children and adults that are positioned improperly. This includes treating overbite, underbite, spacing, and crowding with fixed or removable dental appliances like braces and retainers.
Do I need braces?
If you have an interest in a straighter smile, your dentist can make a recommendation to learn more about braces or Invisalign. Some of the reasons you may need braces include an overbite, underbite, or crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth.
Benefits of a straighter smile
The effort you invest in orthodontic treatment will result in a lifetime of improved oral health. Not only does a healthy smile increase self-esteem and confidence levels, but there are a number of health benefits as well. Aligned teeth mean they are easier to care for with brushing and flossing, resulting in better oral health overall. Your ability to chew food is improved, and you can expect an alleviation of dental-caused speech impairments. You reduce the risk of cavities, periodontal disease, and injuries from protruding teeth.
Get an evaluation
On a dental evaluation for braces, your teeth, mouth, and jaw will be thoroughly examined. A series of questions may be asked as well to help determine if there have been any issues with biting, chewing, swallowing, or clicking of the jaw. X-rays are typically done in order for the dental team to examine more closely how the teeth are positioned. He or she may also make a mold of your teeth by using a tray with gooey material and pressing it into the top and bottom teeth. When this material hardens, the dentist has a replica of your teeth to help determine exactly what type of corrections are needed.
Why many adults are choosing Invisalign
Adults who did not have braces as a child are turning to Invisalign as the perfect solution for achieving a functional and well-aligned smile. Invisalign is nearly invisible, and works just as well as braces. The convenience is also unparalleled, as you can pop out your aligners to eat and brush your teeth. Unlike metal brackets and wires associated with traditional braces, you do not have to worry about food getting stuck in your teeth either. Less discomfort can be expected as the aligners gradually straighten your teeth, making them the perfect solution for busy professionals who wish for a straighter smile.
Talk to your dentist today about whether braces or Invisalign are a great fit for you, and be on your way to the healthier, brighter smile you have always wanted.