When you have an uneven smile, this means serious trouble for your esthetics, but also your oral health too. We have not only braces, but also a discreet option with the Invisalign® system. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will talk about these options, and how we choose which one is right for you.
The Causes and Dangers of Misalignment
How do we end up with an uneven smile? This could happen due to issues with the growth of your jaw and oral structures, which impact how teeth erupt. If baby teeth fail to fall out on time this could mean uneven or impacted permanent teeth. Thumb sucking or injury to the face or jaw, or possibly tooth loss, are all factors in the misalignment of your smile. Uneven teeth make thoroughly brushing and flossing difficult, so food particles remain trapped to feed bacteria and cause plaque buildup, leading to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and teeth stains. Your imbalanced bite could also strain the jaw joints to cause disorders like TMD and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). To safeguard the health and health of your smile, you may need orthodontic treatment.
Metal braces may be prescribed to address more severe cases for teen and adult patients. This process takes about two years, and involves attaching brackets to the front of each tooth. We then connect a portion of an arch wire to these brackets with a band. The dentist will the adjust tension in the wire to begin shifting the teeth in top optimal positions, correcting misalignment and offering a more beautiful and healthier smile.
Discreet Invisalign® Aligners
For others, we could offer a more cosmetic option. Invisalign® doesn’t use metal at all, and requires no wires, brackets, or bands. Instead, detailed digital images gathered of your smile allow experts to create a series of aligners in a lab setting. Each set of aligners will be clear and barely noticeable, and will be worn for two weeks to shift the teeth. You then move onto the next set and continue this process for about a year. This could correct misalignment while also remaining nearly invisible. You can also remove them before meals or prior to brushing and flossing your teeth.
If you have any questions about braces or our custom aligners, then contact our team today. We would love to help you find the right option for your smile!
Do You Have Questions About Orthodontic Treatment?
Our team wants to help people obtain a straighter smile. If you would like to learn more about correcting minor misalignment, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.