It is never too late to achieve the gorgeous, functional smile you have always wanted. If you missed the boat during your teenage years, don’t fret! Did you know that more adults than ever before are undergoing orthodontic therapy? Having an aligned smile is beneficial for your oral health. There are many reasons people undergo ortho. Common reasons people seek straight teeth include:
- Uneven spacing
- Cosmetic purposes
Is Having Crooked Teeth Bad?
Straight teeth are ideal for many reasons. Misaligned teeth are difficult to clean and care for. Plaque bacteria and biofilm can hide in hard-to-reach areas and lead to decay. The goal is to keep your teeth for your entire lifetime. This is possible with regular dental checkups and maintaining superior oral hygiene. If you can’t get the floss to where it needs to be, you could be in for some unwelcome surprises. Besides oral hygiene problems, misaligned teeth can factor into self-esteem.
Straight Teeth & Your Self-Esteem
Not being proud to show off your smile can be detrimental to one’s positive self-image. Feeling embarrassed to eat, speak or laugh in front of others can be an issue. Canyon Dental wants you to know that your smile can be fixed and this can be a positive and life-changing experience in many ways. Book your consultation with us today to discover if you are a candidate for orthodontic therapy.
Why Do Some Teeth Grow Crooked?
Parents are often confused when their child’s baby teeth were seemingly perfect, but then are concerned when adult teeth alignment is less than perfect. Crowding is a common issue when there is too little space for the jaw to accommodate all the new adult teeth which are considerably larger. Genetics may also play into your overall mouth design. Thankfully, the caring team at Canyon Dental can help you navigate which type of orthodontic therapy will be your best option. Some of the reasons teeth grow crooked include:
- Thumb-sucking or extreme pacifier reliance as a child
- Maxillofacial conditions
- Too many teeth
- Congenitally missing teeth (hypodontia, oligodontia, and anodontia)
How To Keep Teeth Straight
Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid crooked teeth. You can minimize space loss in children by ensuring that their teeth are healthy. Cavities between teeth can result in a loss of arch space. This occurs because back teeth tend to drift forward to close down any spaces (that may be caused by a cavity). By cleaning and restoring a tooth with a filling, the arch space is maintained. Similarly, if a tooth is lost, a space maintainer should be placed if the future adult tooth is still years away from erupting.
Ensuring your child has regular exams and cleanings is an excellent way to help keep teeth straight.
Invisalign For Straight Teeth
Dental technology has become revolutionized over the years. Metal braces are simply one of many options nowadays. If you are worried about wearing traditional braces, we have different solutions we are happy to share. Invisalign clear aligners can help you overcome your dental woes easily and efficiently. These trays need to be worn for 22 hours a day to work correctly. They are only removed during meals and while brushing and flossing your teeth. If you are unable to commit to wearing your Invisalign for the recommended timeframe, we will have to discuss different options that may better suit your lifestyle. If you can follow the recommendations and if you are a successful candidate for this type of orthodontic therapy, you will be amazed at how fast your teeth move into their new positions!
Maintain Your Regular Dental Checkups
Visiting our caring and professional dental team regularly is the best way to stay proactive with your oral health. We monitor your progress and can notice immediately if any shifting has occurred. Our teeth are sensitive and prone to move until they have solidified into their new positions. This is why wearing your retainer or following your specific aftercare is so important after undergoing orthodontic therapy.
Book Your Smile Consultation At Canyon Dental Today
We look forward to discussing your smile concerns with you. Many clients are thrilled that there are many different options and price points to consider. It is never too late to improve your smile and have the healthy, straight teeth of your dreams.