Crooked teeth are a common condition many people are born with. They are one of the common dental concerns our office treats. Not only an aesthetics issue but misaligned teeth can also actually lead to oral health issues. Getting treatment to straighten your teeth can boost your self-esteem and help preserve your teeth and gums. Dr. Elizabeth Duling is an expert dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL that provides several options for patients to get straight teeth.
The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth
Straight teeth are better for your health in many more ways than you may realize. If you suffer from crooked teeth, seeking treatment will benefit your overall health, oral health, and mental health.
Straight teeth allow you to chew your food more efficiently which will help with proper digestion. You’ll be able to eat any type of food and be able to chew it without any issues. They also allow you to speak properly. Having clear speech makes it easier for you to communicate.
It is often difficult to keep crooked teeth clean. Brushing and flossing in between them is a challenge. This leaves you at a higher risk for many dental problems such bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease. People with crooked teeth often suffer from bad bites. Bite problems cause many issues including TMJ disorders and wear and tear on the teeth. Misaligned teeth are also more prone to cracks and chips simply because they protrude out more. If you fall or take a blow to the face, those teeth that may be sticking out are more likely to suffer some type of damage.
Finally, straighter teeth equal a prettier smile. If you love your smile you will have more confidence in yourself. This will benefit your personal and professional life.
Treatment for Crooked Teeth in Owens Cross Roads, AL
This clear aligner system is a popular method to straighten crooked teeth. Unlike metal braces, it uses plastic aligners. They are clear and discreet making them hardly noticeable. We will take digital impressions of your teeth. Then a set of aligners will be custom-made to fit perfectly on your teeth. You will wear them for at least 22 hours a day. About every one to two weeks, you will move on to your next set of aligners. Your teeth will move into the proper position in about 6 to 12 months.
ClearCorrect is also an aligner system that uses clear, plastic aligners. However, plastic is made from a thinner and lighter material. ClearCorrect is less noticeable than Invisalign however, they are not as durable. The treatment time for this clear aligner system is 6, 12, or more months.
Six Months Smiles
Six Months Smiles are similar to traditional braces however they are more discreet. They use clear brackets and wires that match the color of your teeth. This clear braces system is designed to gently straighten teeth in about six months. It is a good option for patients who suffer from mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Book a Consult for Crooked Teeth in Owens Cross Roads, AL
Crooked teeth can lead to many issues. If you are ready to address it, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Elizabeth Duling. Call our office at 256.202.4186 or use our online appointment request form.