Orthodontics isn’t just about having straighter teeth, it’s also about aligning one’s bite. When a bite is crowded or crooked, this malocclusion can cause a variety of problems. Indeed, misalignment can invite tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, dental erosion from uneven wear, and even jaw problems.
An aligned bite actually creates a healthier mouth, no matter whether your misalignment was caused by thumb sucking, tooth loss, injury, or even genetics. Orthodontics can help you have a healthier, aligned bite with straighter teeth easier than ever before. Technology has helped the process become gentler on your mouth, and even more appealing. This is beneficial because it isn’t just children and young adults wearing orthodontics.
More and more adults are aligning their smiles, although children between the ages of 8-14 are too. Orthodontic treatment, while you are still growing, produces optimal results, but orthodontics works at any age. You can use traditional braces employing brackets and wires to shift teeth into place, or removable aligners that are nearly invisible. Treatment time varies, but generally can be done between one to three years. Afterwards, the teeth will stay in their new position with the help of a retainer.
Have you been considering aligning your bite? If so, we encourage you to visit with our orthodontist, Dr. Galati, to help you determine which options would work best for you. You can call Galati Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Arizona, at 480-656-7801 today, to find out more, and embark on the course to a straighter smile in 2018!