Orthodontics is one of many dental specialties, which is specifically concerned with diagnosing and treating tooth misalignment and abnormality in the jaw area. Orthodontic treatments have generally targeted teens and pre-teens, but now adults comprise 30% of orthodontic patients. Chances are this has increased as people are becoming more aware of the other advantages of orthodontic treatment other than straight teeth.
Orthodontic correction can lead to better oral hygiene as teeth are easier to clean, creating a more pleasant smile. Straighter teeth can also improve speech through more control over annunciation. Although we recommend beginning orthodontic treatments at the age of 7, teens and adults can also enjoy its benefits. Beginning treatments early in life can help prevent overcrowding and tooth misalignments.
Advantages of Straighter Teeth
As discussed in the previous sections, straighter teeth can help with:
Enhanced Chewing, Biting & Speaking
Realigns Jaw (Can Prevent TMJ, Headaches, Jaw Pain, Lockjaw & Grinding Teeth)
Aesthetic Enhancements (Smile & Facial Structure)
Reduced Risk of Tooth Injury (Less Protrustion)
Easier to Clean
More Even Wear on Teeth
Helps Prevent Periodontitis, Plaque & Bacteria Buildup
A more modern technique in straightening teeth is the Invisalign® system. Nearly invisible to the naked eye, this custom tray-based technique uses translucent plastic instead of wires and brackets. By wearing these aligners on a daily basis, your teeth will be gently moved into place. The process is gradual; you simply insert a new set of trays every two weeks until your smile transportation is complete.
Many patients love the Invisalign® system because it allows them to improve their teeth without the appearance of traditional braces. To determine if this system is right for you, book your complimentary Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Earmme today!