Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws positioned incorrectly or not growing properly. Misalignment of teeth and jaws can lead to problems including gum disease and tooth decay, difficulty speaking or chewing, and esthetic concerns like crooked teeth or a “gummy” smile. At Smile Orthodontics, orthodontic treatment addresses these concerns by improving the appearance and function of a patient’s bite and smile.
Types of Problems Orthodontics Can Address
When you have misaligned teeth, it can be difficult to chew and speak normally. You may also notice that your smile looks uneven or crooked. An orthodontist can help by straightening the teeth to help you achieve a beautiful and complete smile that will last a lifetime.
Having crowded teeth can make cleaning difficult because you can't floss between the gaps between your teeth. Over time, plaque and food build-up can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth may also become discolored from poor hygiene habits. Invisalign® clear aligners are an excellent option for correcting crowding because there are no wires or brackets that need to be removed for cleaning.
When your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth too much, it’s called an overbite. This is common in children as they develop permanent teeth, but it can still be a problem for adults who aren’t treated as children. Braces or Invisalign can be used to correct a severe overbite.
If your lower teeth cover more than your top row of teeth, you have an underbite. This can be caused by missing teeth, genetics, or naturally small jaw size. If the underbite isn’t too severe, Invisalign may be an option.
The Benefits of Orthodontics
Keeping teeth clean is easier to prevent cavities and improve oral health when your teeth are straighter. Straight teeth are also more aesthetically pleasing and can boost your confidence in your appearance. There are many benefits to having braces as an adult. If your teeth are crooked or overcrowded, they can be challenging to clean properly. This can result in tooth decay and even gum disease.
Adults often seek orthodontic care because their smiles have become misaligned after years of neglect or overused chewing muscles. Another reason adults seek treatment is to correct their overbite or underbite, which can affect their quality of life.
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your oral health and overall appearance. Visit Smile Orthodontics at 530 39th St, Des Moines, 50312, or call (515) 274-4637 for the best dental care tailored to your unique needs.