When you have uneven teeth, this could mean not only poorer oral health, but embarrassment regarding your appearance. Don’t live life hiding your smile and leaving it vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and TMJ disorder. Instead, talk to your Celina, TX, dentist about orthodontics, such as braces or ClearCorrect custom aligners!
The Causes of Misalignment
How do we develop crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth? For some, this could be due to childhood thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. For others, the premature loss of baby teeth, or if primary teeth fail to fall out on time, could impact how permanent teeth erupt and cause misalignment. The arrival of wisdom teeth could be factors, as could tooth loss due to injury or poor oral health at a later age. The causes vary, and as part of your treatment we will carefully examine your smile to assess the underlying factors, which helps us choose the best treatment option for your smile.
The Long-Term Oral Health Impacts
While poor alignment obviously impacts the beauty of your smile and could be a source of embarrassment, it also leads to issues with the health and function of your bite too. Poor alignment could make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease with time. Uneven teeth also upset bite balance and could strain the jaw joints, so the sonnet of painful disorders like TMD or bruxism (teeth grinding) are more likely too. Don’t let your overall oral health suffer, and risk uncomfortable symptoms and tooth loss, instead talk to our team about orthodontic treatment.
Metal braces can be used to help teens and adults with severe misalignment. The procedure involves attaching metal brackets to the front facing side of each tooth. We then connect a portion of a thin arch wire to each bracket with a band. The band could be clear or a fun color, depending on your preferences. There could also be additional bands connecting your upper and lower braces. During periodic visits to our office, we will adjust tension in the arch wire to gently shift the teeth into proper position. Since these address less severe cases and due to the fact that the jawbone needs to reform around the new positions of your teeth, results tend to take at least two years to complete.
Creating ClearCorrect Aligners
Our team could also offer an alternative with clear aligners instead of braces. Our team will take detailed digital images and dimensions of your teeth, and these will be used in a dental lab setting to design and craft your custom aligners. Each set is personable for your smile to ensure not only a comfortable fit, but treatment with precision and accuracy too.
Custom Aligner Treatment
The treatment process is a simple one. You will wear a set for about 20 to 22 hours a day, everyday, for a period of around two weeks. At this point, you begin wearing the next set in the series for the same amount of time. The process requires fewer office visits, and the aligners are easy to wear, clean, and store. They also travel with you easily during the holidays! The process gently repositions the teeth and since it handles more minor cases, this could offer optimal results for teens and adults in as little as a year to 18 months total. The aligners are also removable, a fact that makes it easier to eat as you don’t need to avoid certain foods fearing they’ll become stuck in your braces. Being removable also means you can brush and floss easier, reducing the risk of cavities and discoloration once your orthodontics are removed. Many teens and adults prefer this option because the aligners are barely visible, so they enjoy a cosmetic approach to orthodontic treatment that doesn’t impact their professional appearance.
If you have poor alignment and want to start your treatment journey to an even smile, then please reach out to our team today to schedule a consultation. We will examine your smile to see which treatment option will be right for you. Everyone deserves a beautiful and even smile, and we want to help with our braces or clear aligners!
Contact Us About Orthodontic Treatment Today
We would love the chance to help correct your uneven smile with our custom orthodontics. Schedule a consultation with us today at Celina Family Dentistry at 214-851-0130. We will help decide whether you need braces or ClearCorrect to enjoy better oral health and an even smile, so you can feel confident in your appearance and also enjoy better oral health as a result too.