There are many reasons our patients at Grant Family Dentistry choose to pursue orthodontic treatment to address various problems with the teeth or jaw. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and orthodontic treatments are designed to help them last as long as possible.
Misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and keep clean, which increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. When your teeth are not correctly aligned, you may also suffer from frequent headaches or back pain due to tension in your jaw muscles. By straightening your smile, you can reduce your discomfort and avoid future issues!
There are also aesthetic benefits associated with orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are crooked or crowded, it can make you self-conscious about your smile and affect your interactions with others. Straightening your teeth can improve your confidence and help you feel more at ease around others.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
This option is the most common orthodontic treatment available. It involves brackets attached to the front of your teeth with arch wires that connect the brackets and provide the pressure that guides the teeth into proper alignment. Traditional metal braces are the least expensive option and offer a reliable and effective way to straighten teeth.
This modern orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth and are custom fit for each patient to realign the teeth. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. Clear aligners are an excellent option for patients seeking a discreet alternative to conventional braces.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Straightening your teeth can help make cleaning more accessible to lower your risk of cavities and other dental issues.
Orthodontic treatment reduces your risk of developing gum disease since brushing and cleaning around properly aligned teeth is easier.
When teeth are correctly aligned, your jaw is in a healthier position. This helps to relieve muscle strain and tension in your jaws and reduces your risk of developing TMJ disorder.
When your jaw is properly aligned, it can help to keep your airway clear and prevent snoring. It can also help to reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.
Properly aligned teeth can reduce the amount of wear and tear on your teeth over time. By not forcing certain teeth to grind against each other, you can reduce your risk of tooth erosion, cracks, chips, and other issues.
If you want to learn more about how orthodontics can improve your oral health, visit Grant Family Dentistry at 335 6th St, Meeker, CO 81641, or call (970) 878-5853.