Odds are you know someone who has needed an orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to straighten their teeth. In fact, at this very moment, about 4.5 million Americans are wearing braces or other dental appliances to achieve a picture-perfect smile.
Not only are there visual benefits to getting your smile exactly how you want it, but there are also oral health benefits. That’s why, at Park Ridge Dental Associates, we encourage you to read this blog if you have crooked teeth or know someone who does.
What causes teeth to go off track? Your misaligned smile can be passed down through genetics or environmental factors. Childhood habits, like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, can lead to trouble during adulthood. Accidents also cause crooked teeth.
During childhood and adulthood, we can gradually move teeth to where they need to go – for an appealing and fully functional smile. The most common treatments for long-lasting dazzling results are:
- Braces – Over a period of months or years, this appliance slowly shifts and realigns your teeth. Many years ago, your only option was a bunch of metallic hardware. But now, you can have a more invisible look with tooth-colored plastic and thinner wires.
- Invisalign® – With advancements in technology, Invisalign has come a long way. At our office, you will get your very own well-fitting, removable custom set of aligners that will apply just the right amount of force to move your teeth to move into the correct position. We will develop a custom treatment plan that works for you.
- Retainers – A retainer will keep your smile in place after you’ve completed one of the above treatments. They can also help correct children’s speech difficulties.
- Palatal expanders – If your child’s mouth is too tiny for their future adult teeth, we can create room with a palatal expander. They aren’t noticeable when your child smiles.
If you’ve been putting up with a misaligned smile for some time, you don’t have to any longer. By seeking treatment, you can avoid difficulty chewing and brushing and flossing, as well as placing unnecessary strain on your mouth. And best of all … you won’t have to feel self-conscious about your appearance anymore.
Your Park Ridge and Niles dentist can safely and effectively help you look and feel great. Contact us!