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Guide to Teeth Straightening Treatments

It does not make sense to live with crooked teeth when there are so many straightening options available. It does not matter if you are in your golden years, an adult, teen, tween or younger. There is an appropriate oral health solution that will straighten out your teeth so you can enjoy that perfect smile you have long coveted. Here is a look at some of the top options available to straighten teeth.


Invisalign® clear braces are translucent, removable aligners. Invisalign® will straighten your teeth in a progressive manner. Give it some time and your teeth will eventually grow into place. Invisalign® can be worn by adults, teens and others for straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Though Invisalign® usually takes longer than traditional metal braces to produce meaningful improvement, Invisalign® is the most aesthetically pleasing option. By using Invisalign®, no one will be able to tell the patient is using a tooth straightening system in the mouth. Patients even can take out Invisalign® to eat or for other special occasions. Since they are removable, Invisalign® aligners will require more responsibility than other straightening options.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are nearly completely translucent. While these braces resemble metal braces, few people notice their presence in the mouth. We thread a clear wire through tooth-colored brackets that blend in with the surrounding teeth. We change ligatures on a frequent basis so stains from food will not be noticeable if one does not brush and floss properly.

Traditional Metal Braces

While a bit more cumbersome in the mouth, traditional metal braces are an effective treatment option for younger patients who as note necessarily responsible enough to keep track of clear aligners. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of teeth straightening procedure since they remain on the teeth throughout the process.

Orthopedic Expansions

An orthopedic expansion of the upper / lower jaw can improve the success of Invisalign® as well as other braces. This expansion can also decrease treatment time to boot. An expansion creates room for crowded teeth. There is no need to pull those crowded teeth. Choose an expansion and you will still enjoy a nice wide smile with ample chin definition, pronounced bone structure and lip fullness. As an example, if the jaw is misaligned as it is too narrow, jaw expansion can be used along with Invisalign® to form around the jaw and properly placed teeth.

When in Doubt, Lean on the Oral Health Professionals for Advice

If you still are not sure which tooth straightening option is ideal for your mouth, reach out to our dentist for assistance. We will analyze your unique oral health challenges, help you weigh the merits of prospective options and ultimately make an informed decision. Your newly straightened teeth will not only look better, they will also prove easier to clean and less prone to damage and decay.

Contact Us Today

If you are considering teeth straightening treatment or simply need a cleaning, give our office a call. Schedule an appointment so we can take a look at your mouth, improve your oral health and ultimately boost your well-being.

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