When a patient sees us for dental misalignment, we want to offer correction with orthodontic treatment. This not only offers a more attractive smile, but could also safeguard your oral health as well. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the benefits of braces and Invisalign® aligners.
How Misalignment Impacts Your Oral Health
Did you know that an uneven smile impacts far more than the appearance of your smile? Misalignment could make thoroughly brushing and flossing a difficult process, so food particles remain trapped in the teeth to increase the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. In addition, malocclusion could impact overall bite balance and strain your jaw joints, so headaches, jaw pain, and damaged teeth could develop as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) worsen. To avoid these complications, and also obtain a smile that looks great, you need to undergo orthodontic treatment.
This is a very common option and one most people are familiar with. We use braces to address more severe cases of misalignment, restoring smiles to an even and attractive state. Our team will first carefully examine your smile with detailed digital x-rays and images, so we can plan treatment with accuracy and precision. We then attach brackets to the form facing sides of each tooth. A thin arch wire is then connected to these brackets with a band. During regular visits to our practice, our team will adjust the tension in these wires to begin shifting the teeth to proper pace. Since these are used to tackle more advanced cases, optimal results usually take about two years.
We also have a less visible option with the Invisalign® system. This consists of using clear plastic aligners, each set custom-made for your smile to ensure a comfortable fit and smile correction with precision. They will be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, and a set is then worn after about two weeks. This helps guide the teeth into new potions and optimal results take about a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens. These can also be removed before you eat or before you brush and floss your teeth. If you have any questions about our orthodontic systems, or if you want to know whether you need braces or Invisalign® then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Orthodontic Dentistry?
Our team wants to help people with misalignment enjoy better oral health and more attractive smiles. If you have any questions about addressing uneven smiles, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.