Whether you are young or young at heart, a straighter and healthier smile is achievable today. At Vacca Family Dentistry, our goal is to recommend the best orthodontic treatment for your needs. Let’s first explore the types of braces available, why they may be necessary, and how we can help you with your decision-making process.
Most of the time, teeth crowding is caused by inadequate space in the mouth. If there is not enough space to grow, teeth find the path of least resistance. This can cause teeth to shift, impacting overall alignment. Oftentimes, teeth crowding creates difficulty with brushing and flossing adequately, which can eventually impact gum health and even lead to gum disease.
Crooked teeth can be caused by a variety of factors including jaw size, alignment, genetics, even thumb sucking. In some instances, crooked teeth may cause alignment issues that impact the health of one’s mouth or speech.
Jaw alignment refers to the manner in which the top and bottom teeth come together when you close your mouth. Ideally, one’s upper teeth should fit slightly over your bottom teeth. Common jaw alignment issues include overbites and underbites.
How Braces Work
Dental braces apply mild, constant pressure that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Regular adjustments are made until teeth are properly aligned. There are several types of braces which are available in a variety of materials and should be selected based on individual needs.
Traditional metal braces are a time-tested, effective way to correct one’s smile and offered by an orthodontist. Metal brackets are attached to the front of each tooth and a metal wire runs between each bracket. Colorful rubber bands attach to the front of each bracket to hold the wire in place.
Clear braces provide a more natural appearance for teeth straightening. Clear braces are made of a clear ceramic material which can give one the added self-confidence during treatment. A metal wire still runs between each ceramic bracket.
Clear aligners have become a popular choice for adults since they are nearly invisible and cause little disruption to daily life. Custom-made trays are molded to the shape of your teeth in order to gradually and gently shift teeth into the desired position. When one needs to eat or brush teeth, the trays are simply removed. Trays are replaced at set intervals, typically about every two weeks to continue the alignment process.
At Vacca Family Dentistry, we offer Invisalign aligners for adults who have concerns or issues with crowded, crooked or misaligned teeth.
- Invisalign Before and After Treatment
Benefits of Invisalign
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Invisalign is the fact that it straightens teeth without anyone aware that the straightening treatment is taking place. It also makes eating, brushing, and flossing easy since Invisalign aligners are removable. Lastly, Invisalign aligners prevent the irritation from metal or plastic attachments that are often associated with other orthodontic treatments.
Who is a Candidate for Invisalign?
If your teeth are crowded, crooked or misaligned, braces not only straightens your teeth, but they can help with keeping your mouth healthier and teeth easier to keep clean. Since Invisalign aligners are removable and must be worn for at least 22 hours a day, it is important to note that the system may not be the ideal option for everyone. We help you decide which type of braces will be best. We offer a complimentary consultation to help each patient interested in learning more.