In our blog this week, we want to teach you more about braces and how they can benefit people of all ages. Are you an adult with crooked teeth who regrets never having braces as a child? Do you wish that you teeth would be straighter but do not want to go through the process of having ugly, metal braces on your teeth for months or years? Malocclusion, also known as the misalignment of the teeth or the bite, can cause more complicated problems in addition to affecting the appearance of your smile. According the American Dental Association, over 70% of adults in the US suffer from malocclusion. Abnormal bites are usually best treated between the ages of 8 and 14, but it is never too late to have the straight smile that you have always wanted!
Dr. Nawrocki and our team in Orange Park are committed to patient education and teaching you about all things dentistry. One of the ways that we keep our patients up to date on the latest dental technology is with our weekly blogs. This article will teach you about some of the problems that may arise due to crooked teeth. Additionally, we will teach you ways that Dr. Nawrocki may be able to straighten your teeth without metal braces. If you are interested in having straighter teeth, please come and visit us for a consultation. We are always accepting new patients from in and around the Orange Park Area. Please feel free to contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396.
What Can Happen When Teeth Are Misaligned?
When you teeth are misaligned, your bite is usually incorrect as well. Not correcting an abnormal bite can result in numerous oral health problems. You may experience tooth decay or gum disease at a higher than normal rate because your teeth and gums are more difficult to clean properly when they are misaligned. This can lead to bad breath, cavities, and tooth loss. Additionally, your speaking and chewing may be difficult or inadequate due to the alignment of your teeth. Finally, badly aligned teeth can cause abnormal wear to the enamel of the teeth and jaw problems. This can cause pain in the teeth and in the jaws.
How Can Straighter Teeth Help You?
Straightening your teeth will most likely improve the look of your smile. With this improvement, you may feel more confident and happier with your overall appearance. In addition to improving your look, orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth can have many other benefits. Straighter teeth are easily to clean properly, so you may develop fewer cavities and be at a decreased risk for gum diseases. If you currently experience jaw pain or difficulty chewing, straightening your teeth may make the pain go away and make eating and chewing easier.
Invisalign: How Does It Work?
Invisalign treatment is an almost invisible way to straighten the teeth. Say goodbye to traditional metal braces! Invisalign treatment starts with your dentist making and analyzing custom molds of your teeth to determine the proper course of treatment. You will then be provided with custom aligners that are replaced every few weeks. Each custom aligner causes a small shift in the teeth so that the teeth gradually straighten out over time. The aligners are only removed for meals and for cleaning. These aligners are thin and clear and most people will not even notice that you are wearing “braces.” Most people are good candidates for Invisalign treatment to straighten their teeth, but you should ask your dentist to make sure that you are a good candidate.
We hope that you learned something new today and would like to encourage you to look into tooth straightening procedures. Invisalign is an easy way to achieve excellent results if you are looking for straighter teeth. If you have any unanswered questions or would like to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate, please feel free to contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396.