Teeth that are overcrowded or that are misaligned can give you a large number of dental problems. Don't let this happen to you, as straighter teeth make it easier to smile, eat, and speak. If you want to overcome problems with dental decay or gum disease, you have to work at keeping your smile straight and well-maintained. The following information gives you tips on how you can make your smile straighter and healthier.
Why You Should Straighten Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth are hard to clean. After all, it is not all that easy trying to brush teeth that are scrunched together or which overlap. It is also hard to floss teeth that are not positioned correctly in the mouth. You can easily miss some stops, which can lead to decay and gum disease. If your teeth are not as straight as you would like, you should ask about straightening them. A product, such as Invisalign, allows you to straighten your teeth almost without notice. It uses clear aligners that gradually straighten the teeth and improve a crooked smile.
How Does Invisalign Work?
If you do choose Invisalign to straighten your teeth, a 3D model of your mouth will be taken – this is done to create the aligners that will be used to straighten your teeth. You will undergo the treatment for a specific period, or about 18 months or less. This type of treatment approach is recommended for people with moderate or slight problems with crowding or misalignment. You may have to choose another straighten method (such as ceramic braces) if we find that you are not a candidate for Invisalign. When you have healthy and straight teeth, it is easier to brush and keep them clean. Food can easily be dislodged that can lead to the build-up of plaque and tartar. If you feel you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our office a call at (425) 616-0620. We can discuss the different techniques used for straightening the teeth and improving their functioning.