Straighten Your Smile
Crooked teeth may make you feel self-conscious about speaking and smiling. But misaligned teeth don’t only present a cosmetic problem. Crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth can also be a challenge to maintain. If plaque and tartar are able to collect in hard-to-reach places in your mouth, it makes your teeth more likely to succumb to decay. These teeth can also skew your bite preventing your teeth from meeting harmoniously. Functional issues and severe jaw discomfort can be the result. If you’d like to smile freely and confidently and avoid unnecessary health complications, count on your team at Reimels, Miller, Paterra Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to reliably straighten your crooked teeth in Huntersville, NC!
Problems Associated with Crooked Teeth
We offer custom orthodontic treatment in Huntersville, NC as a healthy and effective solution to your misaligned or crooked teeth. With modern dentistry today there are various orthodontic options available for straightening teeth. These are a few of the more common ones:
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with adhesive and connected by wire. They require periodic tightening every 4-6 weeks for steady pressure to gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw. This long-proven method offers an economical and durable straightening option for complex cases clear aligners can’t resolve.
Removable or Fixed Retainers
Removable retainers are clear, thin, slightly flexible, plastic-like material that fit the exact shape and placement of your teeth. Fixed or permanent retainers are made of a metal wire glued behind your teeth. Both types of retainers hold teeth in their new positions after “active” orthodontic treatment is complete. Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment.
Before a child’s adult teeth grow in, an orthodontist can check to see how much room is available in their mouth. If the jaw seems too narrow, palatal or palate expanders may be necessary to prevent dental crowding as their permanent teeth grow in. The appliances gradually expand the roof of the mouth (palate) to enable correct alignment of the upper teeth and jaw. Common reasons for this treatment include impacted teeth, crossbites, and crowded teeth. This treatment must be completed before your child’s jaw fully develops and is most effective in younger children.
A mouth guard is a device used in orthodontics to prevent injury to your teeth, cheeks, lips, and gums. While this soft appliance is ideal for sports, it can also be used for sleep apnea or tooth grinding (bruxism). An impression is made of your teeth and the mouth guard is custom molded from this impression.
Surgically Facilitated Orthodontics Therapy (SFOT)
This procedure is performed under IV sedation to enhance bone quality and quantity around your teeth as they move orthodontically with clear aligners or metal braces. Sometimes SFOT is used in conjunction with other periodontal surgery treatments, such as soft tissue grafting, to build up supporting structures of the teeth. This can reduce the need to extract teeth and orthodontic treatment time and lower the incidence of relapses.
Straighten up your smile!
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