Do you have uneven teeth? If so, then you need orthodontic treatment, not just to improve the appearance of your smile but your overall health as well. At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we offer two different treatment options for improving alignment. We will examine your smile and help you decide which one fits you best. Do you want Invisalign or Six Month Smiles?
What Does Misalignment Do to My Smile?
How does having crooked or crowded teeth impact your oral health? First, the issue obviously affects the appearance of your smile. However, misalignment can also make brushing and flossing your teeth difficult, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, uneven smiles may place some strain on the jaw joints, boosting the chances of TMJ disorder or bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) to develop.
One option involves wearing a series of clear plastic aligners. Invisalign uses these aligners to reposition the teeth in about a year, possibly longer for cases of more serious misalignment. Patients can remove them when brushing, flossing, or prior to a meal, so you don’t need to change your diet and caring for your smile will be easier. We recommend this option for patients 16 and older who have minor alignment troubles. Other benefits of this treatment include:
- More comfortable treatment
- Faster treatment time
- Fewer office visits
- Practically invisible orthodontics
Six Month Smiles
Another option involves wear metal braces, only the brackets are clear and the wires connecting them are tooth-colored, meaning they are much less visible. In addition, the treatment address minor alignment issues in as little as three to six months. For example, if you once wore braces but the teeth have shifted then this may be an appropriate treatment for you. If you have any questions about our orthodontic treatments then contact our office today.