By Your Family Dentist, PC
December 30, 2013
Category: Oral Health
An Aligned Smile with Orthodontics from Your Glendale, AZ Dentist
Whether you are a teenager or an adult, you may desire straighter teeth, but what are your options? Orthodontic treatments are available to bring your teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, achieving facial balance. People typically associate orthodontics with braces to correct crooked teeth in children. However, orthodontics can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions in people of all ages – from overbites to underbites – not just crooked teeth.
Invisalign From Dr. Yati Yadav—Your Dentist in Peoria serving Glendale, AZ
It is often hard to tell if someone is wearing an Invisalign aligner, which makes the straightening process more discreet and less life altering. Invisalign was introduced in 1999 by Align Technologies and incorporates a series of clear, plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth. Like traditional braces and orthodontic appliances, the aligners are designed to move your teeth gradually into the desired position.
The Invisalign process requires one set of impressions and photographs of your teeth, which are taken during the initial consultation. Once the impressions are made, they are used to create a three-dimensional computer projection of how your teeth could be moved in increments. This process forms the basis for developing a series of custom-made aligners that are designed to accomplish the movement of your teeth to their final position.
Each aligner must be worn in its specific order for about two weeks, in which it moves the teeth in small increments. With Invisalign, you have the ability to remove your aligners for eating, drinking certain beverages, brushing and flossing, but they must be worn at least 20 hours a day in order to reposition the teeth successfully.
A Traditional Alternative with Dental Braces
Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of alignment or have irregular spacing. By moving your teeth into their ideal position, dental braces help to create a more attractive and healthier smile for children and adults. When teeth are crooked or crowded, it is often difficult to keep them clean. If brushing and flossing cannot be properly completed, tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss can occur.
An improper bite can also significantly interfere with your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as cause abnormal wear to the enamel of your teeth. If your teeth protrude and/or your upper and lower teeth do not come together properly, jaw problems may arise as well. By using braces to keep your teeth in proper alignment and allowing better oral hygiene, dental braces do more than just keep your smile looking good, they help keep your mouth healthy and functioning.
Contact our dentist serving Glendale and Peoria, AZ, Dr. Yati Yadav today for more information on orthodontics and how they can help re-align your teeth to give you your desired smile. More and more adults are also wearing braces and undergoing orthodontic treatments to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles – not just children. Dr. Yadav will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment for improving your smile.