Millions of people in the U.S. wear braces, including preteens, teens and adults. Because let’s face it — having a beautiful, healthy-looking smile is about more than looking good; it’s about feeling good, too. When your smile looks its best, you feel more confident and more self-assured in pretty much every area of your life. But when it comes to orthodontic treatment, braces are just part of the story. With advances in treatments and technology, your Avondale orthodontist has more options than ever when it comes to helping you get that gorgeous smile of your dreams.
Today’s orthodontics: Custom treatment for your beautiful smile
Orthodontist treatment is about more than traditional braces. While metal or ceramic braces can be a great choice for a lot of patients, clear aligner orthodontics like Invisalign® have become a really popular alternative during recent years. Plus, a skilled Avondale orthodontist can recommend other treatments, including interventions like spacers and extractions, to ensure every phase of your care addresses your unique needs.
With so many choices, today’s orthodontists can treat an array of issues from mild to severe, including:
- Open bites
- Gaps and uneven spacing
- Crooked teeth, including teeth that are twisted or “sideways”
At Dunn Orthodontics, every treatment begins with an in-depth, comprehensive exam aimed at evaluating your teeth, your bite, and even your jaw structure and mechanics. Then our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s focused on your goals, so you can enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
More than just cosmetics
Orthodontic treatment can have a huge impact on the way your teeth and smile look. When your teeth are perfectly spaced and ideally aligned, your smile looks healthier and more attractive. But the fact is, having orthodontic treatment is about more than good looks — it’s about improving your oral health, too.
Think about it: When your teeth are crooked or oddly spaced, it’s a lot harder to keep them clean. Reaching all those nooks and crannies with your toothbrush or floss is much more difficult, and that means there are a lot of places where sticky plaque and hard tartar can form. Plaque and tartar are the top causes of gum disease — and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. It just makes sense, then, that when it’s easier to clean your teeth, it’s also easier to get rid of plaque and tartar — and that means you’ve got a much better chance at avoiding gum disease (and cavities, too).
There’s one more benefit you should know about, and it has to do with your bite mechanics. When you bite down or chew, your teeth are “designed” to match up, top and bottom. If your teeth are crowded, unevenly spaced, crooked or out of alignment, your bite mechanics (or bite pattern) can be thrown off, too. That can lead to uneven tooth wear, which in turn increases your risk of decay and tooth breakage. It can also put excess strain on your jaw muscles, leading to chronic jaw pain and a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder. Straightening your teeth and realigning your bite can help you avoid these issues so you get the benefits of a more beautiful smile and better oral health — for the rest of your life.
When should I see an Avondale orthodontist?
Ideally, orthodontic treatment should begin at a young age, when the teeth and jaws are still forming and growing. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends kids see the orthodontist for a general exam before they turn seven. Seeing an orthodontist when a child is young means problems can be identified early, so care can be focused on preventing those issues from becoming a lot worse. Of course, not every individual sees an orthodontist during their early childhood — and that’s OK. Most orthodontic care takes place during the preteen, teen and young adult years. The bottom line — if you’re unsatisfied with the way your smile looks, there’s no time like right now to seek treatment.
Lots of people wonder, am I too old for braces? The answer is, probably not. As long as your teeth — and tooth roots — are healthy, there’s a good chance braces can help you finally get the smile you’ve been wanting, even if you’re in your 40s, 50s and beyond. The first step is scheduling an appointment with your orthodontist to discuss all your treatment options — including “invisible braces” like Invisalign. At Dunn Orthodontics, we help Arizona patients get the care they need regardless of their age. With a variety of treatment options to choose from (along with convenient financing options), there’s no reason to put off treatment.
Orthodontics and your lifestyle
Depending on the type of orthodontic treatment you have — specifically, braces vs. removable aligners — there are a couple factors to consider. First, some patients are concerned that caring for their appliances will be difficult. With removable aligners, there’s really no difference in how you care for your teeth — just slip out the aligners and brush and floss as usual. Braces use brackets and wires to gently move your teeth into position. And yes, it can take some practice to learn how to brush and floss “around” your appliances. Fortunately, the learning curve isn’t steep — and before you know it, you’ll be brushing and flossing with ease. Plus, if you have any questions or concerns about caring for your braces, we’re only a phone call away — and we’re always ready to help.
The other concern some people have is how their braces will affect the foods they can eat. Again, with aligners, there’s no problem because you remove your aligners before meals. With braces, there will be a few restrictions — specifically, foods that might damage your braces or break your wires. The good news is, the list is really small — and once your braces are off, you’ll be able to go back to enjoying all your favorites without any problems.
Orthodontics in Avondale, AZ: The next step to a beautiful smile
If your smile is less than perfect, you’re in good company: Few people have smiles that are naturally flawless. But thanks to orthodontics, you can fill your future with beautiful, confident smiles. At Dunn Orthodontics, our orthodontist team uses the most advanced treatment options to provide individual care for patients throughout Avondale, Arizona. To learn more about orthodontics and how they can help you get the smile you want, call our Avondale office at 602-864-0004 and schedule a consultation today.