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Mar
25

Invisible Braces for Adults

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Adults that have taken the first step toward investigating braces are typically drawn to invisible orthodontics treatments. Adult clear braces allow adults to maintain a professional appearance, and feel less self-conscious about having orthodontic appliances on their teeth. Invisible braces are essentially clear alignment trays that are not visible to other people when they are worn. Each piece is made of thin, durable acrylic that gradually guides teeth into place.

There are some big advantages to choosing invisible braces over traditional braces, regardless of their esthetic benefits. Most significantly, there are no dietary restrictions and they are easier to keep clean. During meals, the clear alignment trays are removed, so there’s no concern about breaking brackets or wires on certain types of food…people can eat anything they want! Brushing and flossing is done as normal, and no additional oral hygiene aids are needed since there are not brackets to clean around or wires to clean underneath. This also means there’s not a risk to develop white circles (decalcified areas) that permanently scar the enamel since there are no brackets present. Just remove the trays, clean your teeth as normal, and then brush out the alignment tray with a toothbrush and water.

Correcting the alignment of teeth with orthodontics is an effective way to decrease gum disease, improve oral hygiene, prevent abnormal wear patterns, and reduce the risk of developing cavities between the teeth. Length of treatment varies from person-to-person, but most cases are completed within 12-24 months. Schedule your consultation visit today and ask your invisible orthodontics provider whether or not you’re a candidate for treatment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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Jan
29

When it Comes to Crooked Teeth, It’s More than Just Appearance

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Is there more to needing braces than just correcting the way a smile looks when a person’s teeth are crooked? Most definitely! Although aesthetics are one of the primary reasons that people consider correcting a misaligned smile, crooked teeth play a much bigger role in the future health of a person’s smile.

Did you know that crooked teeth are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease? Misaligned, leaning, or shifted teeth can be difficult to keep clean, even if a person normally has very good oral hygiene habits. This allows bacterial plaque and tartar to form between the teeth, under the gums. Acids may also have longer contact with tooth enamel, as they are harder to remove. As a result, those areas of the mouth are usually the first once to experience gum recession, bone loss and cavities. Tooth mobility and tooth loss from periodontal disease is a significant concern.

Abnormal wear patterns throughout the mouth will also develop, and can attribute to other complications like TMJ disorders. A properly aligned bite will allow teeth to wear naturally and promote proper function of the TMJ, but if the jaw and teeth are being compromised due to an improper bite relationship then permanent damage can be a result.

Braces aren’t just for kids. Many adults are now considering orthodontic therapy due to affordability and the wide variety of treatment options available, including adult clear braces. If you’ve noticed crowding, flat teeth, or areas of the mouth that tend to pack food more than others, than a consultation with your orthodontist is a great idea. Most consultations are typically free of charge, and you’ll be able to find out how to have a healthier, straighter smile in a relatively short period of time.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck

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