When you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, this could mean the health and beauty of your smile suffers. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to rely on metal braces to correct these issues. Instead, your Olathe, KS, dentist can provide clear and comfortable orthodontics with plastic aligners!
The Dangers of Poor Alignment for Your Oral Health
How exactly will uneven teeth impact the health of your smile? For people with misalignment, this often provides places for food particles to become lodged and out of reach when you brush and floss. As a result, bacteria can break them down and the risk of tooth decay and gum disease only increases. For others, uneven teeth begin to upset bite balance and strain the jaw joints, leading to a higher risk of complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). However, for many people the main reason to seek treatment is the improve the appearance of the smile, which could otherwise cause them to be self-conscious when smiling or interacting in social situations.
Using Clear Braces
With clear braces, we don’t need to use metal braces at all. Instead, our team will take a series of detailed images and digital impressions, which we use to create a 3D model of your smile. In a dental lab setting, these images will enable experts to design and craft a series of aligners, which fit snugly over your teeth. The patient wears a set for about 20 to 22 hours per day, every day, over the course of about two weeks. The patient then upgrades to the next in the series. Over the course of about a year for adults or up to 18 months for teens, this shifts the teeth into optimal positions and corrects misalignment. However, the exact treatment time will depend on the cause and extent of your misalignment, and whether you wear the aligners as your dentist has prescribed.
Advantages Over Metal Braces
First, being made from clear plastic means they’re barely noticeable when worn. They also fit comfortably and help you avoid gum and cheek discomfort, which is often encountered with braces. The total treatment time is often shorter than is required for metal orthodontics, and you need fewer office visits too. If you have any questions about how we correct uneven teeth with a series of clear and cozy aligners, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Orthodontics?
We want to offer a cosmetic solution to minor or severe dental misalignment. For more information on correcting uneven teeth or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.