At Innovative Dental, we understand our patients have different lifestyles and needs, so we offer both Accelerated Invisalign and Traditional Braces to help make aligning your smile easier and more convenient at any age.
Why are crooked teeth a problem?
The alignment of your teeth goes beyond aesthetics, and affects the overall health of your mouth and body. Your bite, or the way your teeth fit together, affects how you chew, speak, and the longevity of your teeth.
Common reasons to seek orthodontic care are reduced confidence in your smile, jaw pain, chipped teeth, or hard to floss areas. Often these can indicate address malocclusion that can lead to abnormal amounts of stress on teeth.
If left untreated, this stress can lead to enamel erosion, root damage, periodontal disease, and chipped teeth.
What Treatment Is Right For Me?
For some adult patients, the esthetics of Invisalign is enough to be the clear choice for alignment. Clear trays and tooth colored attachments make your alignment process virtually invisible. Invisalign is more often recommended for older teens and adults, as patients are responsible for taking aligners in and out when eating, and cleaning the teeth. Read more about our Accelerated Invisalign process or come in for a complimentary consultation to learn more.
Some patients, often children and younger teens, prefer a treatment that is more hands-off, and having bonded brackets and wires that are not required to come in and out during treatment is desired. Read more about our Traditional Braces process or come in for a complimentary consultation to learn more.
What type of malocclusion do I have?
Here are some common potential issues:
- Crowding: Buildup of plaque and tartar, harbors harmful periodontal bacteria, risk of periodontal disease, tooth and bone loss.
- Spacing: Food lodged between teeth, risk of sore, tender gums, risk of periodontal disease.
- Deep Bite: Abfraction (small notch in tooth at gum line),over-erupted lower front teeth that can damage the palate, premature wear and chipping of the lower front teeth.
- Crossbite: Premature tooth wear and risk of chipped teeth, abfraction (small notch in tooth at gum line), periodontal disease, tooth and bone loss.
- Excessive Overjet: Chipped or fractured front teeth, trauma to front teeth.
- Edge-to-edge bite: Risk of teeth chipping and breaking, jaw joint pain, shortened or worn down front teeth.
- Open Bite: Gum recession, loose teeth and bone loss, excessive wear on back teeth.
Benefits of Tooth Alignment
Alignment can stop chipping and wearing of teeth, and prevent damage to the root of your tooth, prevent enamel erosion, improve overall health of your gums and oral hygiene, and improve confidence in your smile. Addressing the alignment of your teeth also has the benefit of creating a harmonious relationship between the teeth, jaw, facial muscles for an overall more healthy and comfortable bite.
Not sure which one is right for you? Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Grant Olson or Dr. Megan Westrich to help determine what the right fit is for your orthodontic needs based on our clinical expertise and your unique needs.