Your smile is the public statement of your health and self-confidence, your calling card to the world. And yet, many adults report feeling unhappy with their smile for as long as they can recall.
Misaligned teeth can do more than spoil your smile and undermine your self-confidence. Crooked teeth may be associated with jaw and gum problems, difficulty chewing, and facial imbalance. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that uses devices such as braces and clear plastic aligners to correct these problems. If you have crowded misaligned teeth, your teeth can be gradually repositioned to enhance your smile, improve the function and health of your gums, teeth and jaw, and achieve a more pleasing balance of facial proportion.
“Can crooked teeth really lead to gum disease and tooth loss?” In a word, yes. Proper brushing of the teeth removes biofilm (plaque), the sticky layer of bacteria on the teeth that causes tooth decay, tartar buildup, infection, gum disease and bad breath. Misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean, trapping food and bacteria. Brushing is less efficient in removing biofilm. This leads to periodontal gum disease, pockets of infection around these teeth. And it is gum disease, not tooth decay, that is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.
“I don’t want to look like a teenager with wired braces and rubber bands in my mouth!” Most adults identify an attractive, healthy smile as the single-most appealing feature when meeting someone for the first time. If you have misaligned teeth, wouldn’t you prefer a more pleasing and confident smile? Most adults have never considered braces, because they mistakenly believed it was impossible for adult teeth to be repositioned. Adult teeth can be moved to a more optimal position. But traditional orthodontic treatment, including braces with brackets, wires, springs and rubber bands, is neither practical nor socially acceptable for most adults.
“What is the solution?” Clear plastic aligner therapy. Clear plastic aligners are discrete, nearly invisible orthodontic appliances that can be worn at work or out in public. The wearer is able to drink liquids and speak on the telephone clearly. They fit securely but can be removed easily in order to eat, brush the teeth or for social occasions. They slip on and off without wires, rubber bands, brackets or springs.
“How does it work?” The treatment is completely customized, and proceeds at the patient’s own pace. Each aligner is worn for several weeks while one or more teeth are moved a fraction of a millimeter. Over time, the teeth gradually move into their optimal position. Successful treatment with clear plastic aligners for adults can correct crowded misaligned teeth, and eliminate gaps between teeth.
“Yes, but I have heard it is really expensive.” Not in our office! Perhaps you have investigated this in the past, and heard about fees up to $10,000. There is now a proven, highly effective option that is truly affordable. Our patients who are candidates for clear plastic aligner therapy pay a fraction ot the cost of other clear braces, and they save at least 35% compared to the cost of traditional braces with wires. In addition to a much lower total cost, we also offer convenient monthly payment plans, so that this affordable option is now available to many more.
Wouldn’t you like to greet everyone with a broad, confident smile? The gradual movement of your teeth to their optimal position will enhance your smile, improve the function and health of your gums, teeth and jaw, and achieve a more pleasing balance of facial proportion. And who would not want that?