Orthodontic Care Affects the Whole Mouth
Understanding a Well-Aligned Bite
Even if you have healthy teeth and gums, the way they fit within your mouth is another important aspect of your dental health. If your teeth are improperly positioned, you may suffer from an irregular bite. While everyone wants straight teeth for aesthetic reasons, there are major health concerns associated with your bite as well.
For example, if your teeth are misaligned, it can be difficult to clean between them. Bacteria can linger in those spaces and lead to gum disease. If you already have gum disease, an improper bite can make treatment more challenging. Aligning teeth can also help address temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which is a condition that creates pressure and pain in the jaw joints.
It is very important to seek treatment for your bite if you notice it affecting how you speak, chew, or smile or if your dental routine is a challenge. Orthodontics can help you get acquainted with your teeth and jaws and find ways to manage a variety of conditions related to misalignment.
Our dentists start with a thorough analysis of your bite and facial aesthetics. We take a full set of X-rays to get a complete picture of the current state of your teeth and gums, and we take photographs to document how your teeth look during a smile.
If we find that orthodontics is right for you, Dr. Marquis will create an individualized treatment plan based on the specifics of your situation and your individual goals. We offer traditional braces in both metal and clear styles; however, we also offer several aligner systems, so we will customize our orthodontic solution to your unique case.
Traditional metal braces are a low-maintenance option that has been around for decades. However, there are many advancements in their design and materials that make them a great choice if you’re considering orthodontic treatment.
Clear braces were first developed to address aesthetic concerns about visible metal. This solution has proven effective, even for adults who are self-conscious about their smile’s appearance. Clear braces are still made of metal, but the brackets are clear, and the archwire is tooth-colored.
Well-aligned teeth protect your oral health.
Misaligned teeth are common, yet they cause difficulty in caring for your teeth and gums. Misalignment can also cause pain. Worst of all, you may hide your smile or feel a lack of confidence in social situations. And if you’re an adult, you might feel that orthodontic treatment is for kids and teens, not adults.
This is why many people are turning to clear aligners, an alternative to traditional braces that uses the latest in dental technology.
By using this revolutionary system, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing! The plastic aligners are custom made for each patient. Patients only take them out for meals and normal oral hygiene care (brushing, flossing, etc.).
Each set of aligners moves your mouth just a little bit closer to your goal until you’re ready for the next set! Some patients need only 12 sets of aligners; others require as many as 24 sets. It all depends on how much correction your teeth need when you start treatment. A typical treatment plan lasts anywhere from six months to two years before complete correction is achieved. Once finished, everything remains aligned with the help of retainers and regular dental visits.
Clear aligners are a dream come true for adults who have lived with misaligned teeth their entire lives. Clear aligners are an advancement in orthodontics that allows you to enjoy life without metal braces and still receive your desired result.
Remember that having straight teeth is attainable at any age, and you don’t have to settle for anything less than your perfect smile!
If a child loses a baby tooth too early, it can affect the surrounding teeth at the time of their development. Aligning teeth can prevent potential crowding and spacing issues that would need to be addressed by more extensive orthodontic solutions. A space maintainer is a device placed on the teeth to preserve open spaces while guiding growth and development.
Orthodontics can also treat crowding by widening the palate and creating more room. Palatal expanders are simple devices placed on the roof of the mouth to help widen this space, allowing for proper spacing and growth.
Retainers are essential for maintaining your beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment. They are usually removable, which means they are easy to wear and clean regularly. Whether you’re wearing traditional metal braces or an alternative such as clear aligners, retainers play a crucial role in stabilizing your mouth and protecting your hard work!
At Renew Dental, we want choosing your oral health to be easy, and we want our patients to have the best possible experience.
That is why, in addition to providing high-quality dentistry, we offer many different ways for you to afford your care. We take most major credit cards but are also proud to offer CareCredit (a 0% financing plan). With CareCredit offering manageable monthly payments, you will never feel like it’s too late or too expensive again.
We are also proud to offer our very own VIP program. Our VIP program makes it easier to save money on your dental visits. Refer someone to our clinic and after their first appointment, you receive a credit to your account. The more new patients you refer to Renew Dental, the more you’ll save. Need more information on how the program works? Ask one of our team members during your next visit.