Do you ever find yourself holding your hand over your mouth when you laugh to hide your teeth? Misaligned teeth can feel embarrassing and put a dent in your self-esteem. At My Smiles Center, we can help you boost your smile confidence with a teeth-straightening strategy that works for you.
Straightening your teeth is not just about having a great smile. Fixing misaligned or crowded teeth are important for your complete oral health as well as your speech. Furthermore, teeth-straightening is a critical step in fixing an uneven bite, which can sometimes lead to jaw pains, headaches, and neck aches. When you have an overbite, underbite or crooked bite, your tooth function may be affected, creating problems that range from tooth enamel decay to digestion issues.
Getting braces may seem like an intimidating process, but at My Smiles Center, we’ll provide you with answers and assistance every step of the way. Upon your first visit, we’ll use X-rays to discuss the best plan of action for straightening your teeth. Depending on the alignment of your teeth and jaw, you may need an expander before the brackets are cemented to your teeth. Using wires, and sometimes rubber bands, your braces will gently guide your teeth into their proper orientation. If you’re ready to have a smile that you want to show off to the world, make an appointment to talk about an orthodontic option.
Orthodontics & Braces
Many people wonder about the difference between dentistry and orthodontics. Dental treatment focuses on the health of your teeth, while orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on something called malocclusions – which simply means how your teeth fit together.
Orthodontic treatment can be necessary to repair:
- Improper bites
- Jaw misalignment
- Teeth crowding
- Overbites and underbites
- Crooked teeth
- Facial reconstruction
The most common way we treat orthodontic problems is by applying braces to your teeth.
Braces work by forcing your teeth into their proper alignment, on an average rate of one millimeter per month. With all the advances in the field of orthodontics, your options are many – including:
- Traditional archwire and brackets
- Archwire and elastics
- Removable retainers
- Invisalign trays
Come in today for a consultation – and we’ll let you know which orthodontic treatment is best for you.