Dental Tips Blog

Apr
28

Three Ways Orthodontics Improve Your Smile’s Health

Posted in Orthodontics

There are several benefits to having a straighter smile. We all know that straight teeth look great, but straightening them can improve your oral health as well.

They Decrease Your Risk of TMJ Disorders

If your teeth bite together improperly, your mouth has to make accommodations when you chew your food. This causes the jaw to be compromised during everyday use, gradually straining the joint and tissues around it. 

Straighter Teeth Don’t Wear Down as Quickly

Another side effect of an improper bite relationship is the way the teeth function against one another. In a proper occlusion, the teeth align just so. When the teeth are out of alignment, they bite together in a way that the teeth weren’t designed for. This creates excessive wear on areas that shouldn’t bear as much force. As the teeth wear prematurely, it creates a flat surface across your entire smile. 

You’re Less Susceptible to Oral Diseases

Crooked, crowded teeth are more prone to common dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease. Why? Because they are more difficult to keep clean. Regular brushing and flossing may not get the plaque or food that is lodged in areas where teeth are leaning, causing excessive buildup over time. If you have a crooked or leaning tooth, you have most likely already noticed this in your own mouth.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic therapy? Almost everyone is, regardless of his or her age. Ask your dentist what type of orthodontic treatment would work best for your teeth. It’s time to start the journey toward a healthier, more beautiful smile. Now you know why orthodontic care isn’t just about the way you look!

Posted on behalf of:
Windermere Orthodontics
3120 Mathis Airport Pkwy #106
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-1929

Dec
5

Orthodontic Treatment Options

Posted in Braces

Traditional metal brackets and wires aren’t the only way to straighten teeth these days. Expanded options and materials in the field of orthodontics are making orthodontic care a viable option for almost any dental patient.

Invisalign

These clear alignment trays are used in a sequential method to gradually move your teeth into the desired position without the use of traditional braces. Because they fit like a retainer, Invisalign invisible braces make it extremely easy to keep your teeth clean. Simply remove your aligner to brush and floss as normal. There are no dietary restrictions because you can remove them during meals.

Tooth Colored Braces

Maybe you need traditional braces for your tooth misalignment needs. Tooth colored brackets function the same as traditional brackets, but they are made of a tooth colored resin material that is difficult to make out during talking, smiling or laughing. Most likely your friends have to be very close to even realize that you’re wearing something on your teeth. Some wires are also made of low impact material that makes them harder to see.

Lingual Braces

This method of traditional braces places the brackets and wires on the tongue side of your teeth, preventing anyone from seeing them. In order to make them more comfortable, each bracket is custom fabricated for your individual teeth. While lingual braces may be difficult to keep clean, they do provide an aesthetic option for patients who are concerned about the look of metal braces.

Self-Litigating Braces

Self-Litigating brackets use a trap door system that holds the wire in place, allowing it to glide underneath. Because no rubber bands are used to hold the wires in place, there is less friction and more comfort.

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