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Orthodontic Care for a Healthier Smile

Did you know that orthodontic care through braces can give you a healthier smile? Crooked teeth and bite problems can do more than interrupt your smile. They can also contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, tooth injury, chewing difficulties, jaw pain and more. The American Dental Association reports that straightening your teeth can significantly benefit your overall dental health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean than teeth that are crooked, which is a significant reason why straighter teeth make your mouth so much healthier. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies offers you state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment with the popular Invisalign system. Find out if you are a candidate for it today!

Crooked Teeth Can Damage Your Oral Health

Crooked teeth and bite problems can do more than interrupt your smile. They can cause gum disease, create tooth wear, increase your risk for tooth injury and can cause chewing difficulties. You may also experience jaw pain because the teeth rest unevenly on one another when performing chewing and other activities. Crooked teeth lead to bad breath because they are harder to clean. If the teeth are harder to clean, then it is harder to remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. That bacteria will then give off an odor that gives you bad breath. Tooth decay can also cause a bad odor and your chances for tooth decay increase if you have crooked teeth. Most importantly, crooked teeth can damage your day-to-day confidence and make you not want to smile as much.

Orthodontic Care Helps Your Smile

According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly benefit your overall dental health. Orthodontic care through braces or other straightening methods are used to correct misaligned bites and jaw problems, as well as straighten the teeth. In children, bite problems can be corrected such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, openbite and more. This can greatly improve a child’s ability to speak correctly, chew, bite, eat, and perform common everyday actions.

There have also been many studies conducted about a person’s smile. In one such study by Invisalign, they found that a straighter smile made a person appear more confident and feel more confident. They also found that a straighter smile through orthodontic care helped others perceive a person as more successful, happy, attractive, and trustworthy. All that from straightening a smile! If that doesn’t get you excited, orthodontic care can also help diminish your chances for gum disease and tooth decay.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Remember that we mentioned tooth decay and gum disease? Tooth decay is the erosion of your tooth enamel over time. The enamel of your tooth is the hard outer layer of the teeth. It is strong, but can become weakened over time because of plaque. Plaque is an acidic substance that is a combination of sugars in the food you eat mixed with bacteria in the mouth. Plaque can erode the enamel of a tooth, eventually creating openings in the teeth where it can seep in and cause decay. That decay is known as a cavity. Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in both children and adults. However, tooth decay can be avoided with proper oral hygiene. You can lower your risk for tooth decay significantly if you straighten your teeth through orthodontic care.

Gum disease is also one of those conditions you want to avoid. This is when plaque attacks and irritates your gums. The first sign of gum disease is gingivitis, when the gums become red, swollen and irritated and can bleed easily when you floss. If gum disease (that irritation) continues, it can eventually cause the gums to recede from the teeth. This can cause the teeth to fall out as well as weaken the bone structure around the missing teeth. Nobody wants that! Lower your risk for gum disease with orthodontic treatment! Straightening your smile can do so much more than just increase your confidence; it can literally improve your health!

Invisalign Treatment

You may think that traditional metal braces are the only way to straighten your teeth. In fact, there are several forms of orthodontic care that can get those pearly whites of yours straighter. Our go-to option? Invisalign transparent aligners. Invisalign is perfect for so many people because they can receive a straighter smile without having a mouth full of metal. Invisalign uses a series of custom-made transparent aligners that fit your teeth perfectly. Your doctor will use a digital scanner to create 3D images of your teeth that will then help make your aligners. Every 1-2 weeks, you will receive a new pair of aligners that will gradually shape the teeth into that perfect smile you have always wanted.

The best part about Invisalign is that the straightening apparatus is virtually invisible! Plus, the aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, sports activities and cleaning the teeth. However, for best results, wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day. Invisalign is the perfect orthodontic care option for adults and teens alike that want to discreetly straighten their smile.

Are You A Candidate?

Do you want straighter teeth? Do you want a healthier and more beautiful smile? You might be a candidate for Invisalign treatment! There are so many benefits to a straighter smile. The confidence you can exude today with orthodontic care will help make you more successful all throughout your life. If you want to know if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, call our office today. To schedule your appointment, contact our Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies office at (970) 223-8425!