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Misaligned teeth can lead to premature wear, tooth loss, gum disease, and the build-up of bacteria associated with bigger problems, including heart disease. More than seven out of ten American adults have some kind of issue with their bite, such as crowding, spacing, or overbites – your doctor may use the word Malocclusion. (Malocclusion=Abnormal tooth alignment)
At Progressive Dental, we know the best options to correct your alignment. Schedule an appointment with us to know your options and choose the right one for you.
Painful Gums And Gum Disease
It’s hard to remove plaque and bacteria from misaligned teeth. This can lead to inflamed gums, soft tissue damage, receding gums, pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and tooth loss. Early signs of gum disease include red gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, and bad breath. There may be no signs of gum disease until the advanced stages. Poorly aligned teeth can put extra stress and pressure on teeth and the jawbone.
Orthodontics Are for Children & Adults
Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal in order to take advantage of a youngster’s natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are now changing rapidly. So at this time, it’s possible (for example) to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw. This phase of growth modification can shorten overall treatment time and ensure the best result if additional orthodontic appliances are needed.
But remember, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so you’ve never “missed the boat” for orthodontic treatment. In fact, about one in five of today’s orthodontic patients is an adult. Several new technological developments – including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners, and invisible lingual braces – have made orthodontic appliances less evident, and enhanced the treatment experience for grown-ups. Before treatment, adults are carefully examined for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, which will be brought under control before treatment begins.
What Types of Orthodontic Appliances are Available
When you imagine someone wearing braces, you probably picture small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. This time-tested style remains very popular — but it’s no longer the only option. Clear braces use brackets made of ceramic or plastic which, except for the slim archwire, are hardly visible. Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces — except they’re bonded to the back of your teeth (the tongue side) so that no one can see them.
We can offer clear aligners along with more traditional Orthodontic Appliances. Schedule an appointment so we can help you find the option that works best for your alignment needs!
Align Your Teeth With The Best Cosmetic Dentistry Provider
What a difference straight teeth can make! A great-looking smile can boost your self-confidence and have a positive impact on social and professional opportunities. Orthodontic treatment is the original smile makeover tool — and you will be happy to know that you’re never too old to take advantage of it. But it isn’t all about looks: Properly aligned teeth help you to bite, chew and even speak more effectively. They are also easier to clean, which helps keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease.
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