Correct Your Misaligned Teeth with Moorestown Orthodontics
Dental Braces Realign Your Smile
For some dental patients, crooked teeth are a purely aesthetic concern. For others, tooth misalignment impacts how well your teeth work and can sometimes even be painful. Orthodontics with dental braces can correct malocclusions – abnormally aligned teeth – which saves you from discomfort while creating a stunning new smile.
Unexpected – Yet Viable – Reasons to Pursue Orthodontic Treatment
If you are someone who prefers to spend as little time in a dentist’s chair as possible, you may balk at the idea of getting dental braces. However, correcting problems with your alignment and bite can actually protect you from years of oral health troubles.
A properly adjusted bite and straight teeth can help prevent the following problems from developing:
- Cavities: Teeth that are misaligned, crooked, or overlapping are harder to clean. Even the most diligent brushing and flossing may not be enough to protect you from developing cavities in the smallest nooks and crevices. Mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings can repair a cavity.
- Enamel damage: A misaligned bite can cause people to grind their teeth, or their teeth may come together at odd angles, both of which can lead to enamel damage over time. Tooth onlays may be necessary to correct the problem.
- Broken teeth: Age alone can cause dental problems. Add to this factor a set of misaligned teeth and one wrong move, one wrong bite, or one incorrect choice to open a package with your teeth can lead to a broken tooth or multiple fractured teeth. Dental crowns or other restorative dentistry solutions will be necessary for repair.
- Gum disease: Misaligned teeth are difficult to clean. When left uncleaned plaque builds up. This is the cause of gum disease. Gum disease causes loss of bone around teeth which results in loose teeth. Straight teeth are easier to clean, resulting in good oral health.
As a biomimetic dental practice, we always seek to correct our patients’ oral health problems with minimally invasive options (see our Functional Orthodontics page for more details). Repairing dental problems should not create bigger issues for you in the future. Braces done right are one way to bypass a host of oral health concerns.
Alignment Problems Corrected by Braces
While you may feel that you can live with a misaligned smile, a straight smile can transform your life personally, professionally, and socially, not to mention improve your overall health. When your teeth are in alignment, you can eat your food better, which leads to better digestion.
Whether your teeth are incredibly misaligned or just a little crooked, metal braces or clear aligners can correct:
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Open bites
If none of these conditions is completely obvious, there are other signs and symptoms that could indicate a need for braces, such as:
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Mouth breathing
- The very early or very late loss of baby teeth
- Repeatedly biting the roof of your mouth or cheeks
- Teeth that meet abnormally in the mouth or do not meet at all
- Jaws that make noise or shift too easily
- Disproportionate jaws or teeth in comparison with the rest of your face
Teeth are meant to fit properly within the confines of your mouth. There should be no discomfort, no crowding or spacing issues, and no jaw pain. Adults and teenagers alike can benefit from orthodontics, deriving a new level of confidence and an improved appearance from an aligned smile.
Types of Moorestown Orthodontic Treatments
Traditional metal braces are the tried-and-true method of orthodontia. The modern version of wires and brackets has shrunk from years ago. Any wearer of braces in today’s age of dental innovations is unlikely to feel as uncomfortable about their orthodontic treatment as someone from a few decades ago. Being able to get clear brackets and change the colors of the rubber bands used on the braces can also incentivize people – teens in particular – who would benefit from orthodontic treatment.
For those who are especially disinterested in wearing braces, but who need them anyway, most people who qualify for traditional metal braces will also qualify for clear aligners. Because they are nearly invisible, clear aligners have opened up the door to straight teeth for adults who otherwise might have gone through life tolerating their crooked teeth. Clear aligners are smooth, comfortable, and nearly impossible for anyone to notice. You can do your work, attend social functions, and eat whatever you like without restrictions with clear aligners. The flexibility of this orthodontic option is appealing to many patients.
Make the Right Oral Health Decision
Traditional metal braces and clear aligners are two of the most effective options for straightening teeth. But dental braces and aligners are not your only options when it comes to correcting misalignment. Some cosmetic dentistry treatments can get the job done just as well in far less time. The most important thing is to have a consultation with your dentist so that you can determine together what the best option is for your smile. Learn more about the options that are possible for straightening your teeth. Make an appointment with Moorestown Dental Professionals in New Jersey.