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Straightening your teeth is the best means of enhancing the aesthetic beauty of your smile. However, straightening a crooked set of teeth has several medical benefits that go beyond simple cosmetic value. Crooked or misaligned teeth are usually harder to clean and they’re more prone to bacterial infection, which makes you more likely to suffer from cavities and gum disease.

Orthodontics refers to a branch of dentistry that is concerned with the positioning of your teeth and jaws. Ideally, your teeth should be perfectly aligned and straight so that your upper teeth fall evenly over your lower teeth when you clench your hind teeth. However, for various reasons — overbite, underbite, crowded teeth, narrow jaws, etc — your teeth may not be evenly aligned. In that case, the dentist or orthodontist may recommend orthodontic appliances like Invisalign, clear aligners, or braces to move your teeth in the desired direction. In addition to enhancing your teeth’s appearance, it also helps you clean your teeth better and decreases the risk of cavities and dental decay.

It’s necessary to treat malocclusion or misaligned teeth because it can lead to several other problems. Malocclusion, for example, can lead to speech impediments, the uneven distribution of bite force can damage your enamel, and it can also lead to teeth grinding and bruxism. Teeth grinding, in turn, can lead to TMD, headaches, jaw pain, earaches, and many other issues. Orthodontic treatment evenly distributes the bite force and aligns your teeth so you don’t suffer from any of these complications.

People often believe that orthodontic procedures are only meant for teenagers. It is ideal to get orthodontic treatments during your teenage years when your permanent teeth are still malleable. However, adults can also opt for — and should opt for — orthodontic treatments. If you don’t want the braces to be visible, you can also opt for invisible aligners and braces.

The following are some conditions in which you should consider orthodontic treatments.

  • Overbite/ Buck Teeth: Your upper teeth hood over your lower teeth and fall too far ahead.
  • Underbite: Your lower teeth come too far ahead of your upper teeth.
  • Crossbite: The upper teeth and lower teeth don’t meet in the middle while eating or speaking.
  • Open Bite: When you clench your back teeth, there’s a space between your upper and lower teeth.
  • Misplaced Midline: The centers of the upper and lower teeth don’t match, which is an indication of misalignment.
  • Spacing: Your teeth are spaced too far apart from each other.
  • Overcrowding: You have a narrow jaw that leads to overcrowding inside your mouth wherein your teeth are crooked against each other.

Sun Ridge Smiles has some of the country’s finest orthodontists who examine your teeth and recommend the ideal orthodontic treatment for your needs and budget. We offer some of the best Clear Correct Braces, Invisalign Clear Aligners, and Traditional Braces — please continue reading to learn more about them.

Clear Correct

Clear Correct are clear or invisible braces made of a patented thermoplastic material. You have to wear this orthodontic appliance on your teeth so they can gradually apply pressure on your teeth to move them into the necessary direction to straighten and align them. The orthodontist will take a mold of your teeth and use that impression to create a series of Clear Correct aligners corresponding to the various stages in your orthodontic procedure. You’ll have to change the Clear Correct aligners every two weeks because the set would have moved your teeth slightly. Each successive aligner will continue applying pressure on your teeth so they continue aligning. These aligners are completely transparent so no one will know you’re wearing them. Furthermore, they’re also removable so you can take them off while eating so they don’t get stained. However, you must wear the Clear Correct braces for at least 22 hours every day for maximum effectiveness.

Invisalign

Invisalign refers to the world’s most advanced and foremost invisible aligners for orthodontic treatment. Invisalign aligners are thermoplastic trays that are completely transparent and invisible so others can’t see them. They’re a lot more effective than Clear Correct braces — as such, even though they’re more expensive, they’re suitable for those suffering from serious dental misalignment. The aligners continue applying pressure on all of your teeth in the desired direction to continue moving them towards alignment. You have to replace the aligners every two weeks so each successive set can bring you closer to your desired outcome. You can even take the aligners off while eating but you must wear them for at least 22 hours every day or they won’t work. Invisalign treatment usually lasts between 6 to 18 months.

Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces refer to the most common metallic brackets that you often see people wear on their teeth. They’re made of archwires that wrap around your teeth with metal brackets attached to the forefront, applying pressure on your teeth. The dentist gradually tightens the archwire to continue adding pressure on the teeth to move them in the desired direction. Traditional metal braces are highly visible and the procedure also takes longer — up to 3 years — because the dentist has to work on different sets of teeth at different times. Furthermore, you can’t remove these braces for the entire duration of the orthodontic procedure, which means you have to eat with them still on. However, if you’re looking for an affordable yet effective orthodontic treatment, this is a suitable option.

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Sun Ridge Smiles has some of the country’s finest dentists and orthodontists. We examine your teeth and take impressions of your bite and mouth so we can determine how to proceed with your orthodontic procedure. Based on our findings, we’ll give you a range of options on how you can proceed, what they’ll cost you, and how long the procedure will take. We aim to straighten your teeth and give you a radiant smile in the shortest time possible and at an affordable rate. For more information, please schedule your orthodontics session.