Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on creating beautiful faces and smiles through the gentle repositioning of teeth and jaws. You’re surely familiar with braces, the most common orthodontic tool. We utilize the latest techniques and treatment alternatives to correct or restore alignment. Fixing alignment issues can have a critical impact on patients, from preventing oral disease to boosting self-confidence.
Who Needs Orthodontics?
You may benefit from orthodontics if you experience tooth crowding, spacing, or misalignment between upper and lower teeth. Those whose lower teeth extend forward beyond the upper teeth (underbite) or whose upper front teeth stick out much farther than the lower teeth (overbite) may also benefit. Orthodontics can correct these issues, lining up the teeth and alleviating jaw discomfort.
“I initially visited their office because of their reputation of quality dental work. I have had some fairly extensive dental work performed including orthodontics. The work was commensurate with the price. I continue to return because of the gregarious personalities of the team! I owe the team many thanks.”
Benefits of Orthodontics
Since orthodontics straightens out crooked teeth and spaces the teeth out in an optimal way, it makes dental care simpler. Patients have an easier time brushing, flossing, and completely removing tooth debris before it gets the chance to develop into plaque. This helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy, preventing cavities and periodontal disease.
By aligning the teeth and jaws, orthodontics may also make it easier to eat and talk, while reducing the risks of developing TMJ syndrome and the pain that comes with it.
By improving your appearance, orthodontics can also be instrumental in improving your confidence. Research shows that smiling has a positive impact on our emotional and physical health, and people who are proud of their smile generally smile more often. Some patients who have received orthodontic treatment say that it was life-changing!
What is Invisalign®?
Eagle Harbor Dental is proud to offer Invisalign®. This system employs clear plastic “aligners” that are worn for about two weeks at a time until the teeth have moved to their desired positions. The aligners are custom-crafted for you based on your specific needs and the shape of your teeth and jaw.
Many people prefer Invisalign® for orthodontic care because the aligners are very easy to take care of and less noticeable than braces and other orthodontic appliances.
Looking for straighter teeth? Ask one of our team members today about orthodontics or Invisalign® to see if it’s right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there foods that I can't eat while I have braces?
Yes, unfortunately, there are types of food that will cause issues to your braces. These typically include very hard food items or very sticky food items such as hard candy, ice, and gum.
How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Braces create small crevices and areas for food to get stuck in, so we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal and before bed. This will help mitigate potential decay caused by built-up food.
Can I get braces if I have a crown or missing teeth?
Yes, we’re able to very flexible with our braces placement, so we can fit braces on virtually any set of teeth.
Will braces or Invisalign affect my speech?
Some types of braces may affect your speech at first and cause a bit of a “lisp.” Luckily, this will go away very soon as you’ll get used to speaking with your braces or Invisalign.
Are Invisalign actually invisible?
While Invisalign may not be perfectly invisible, they are very discreet. This means that someone has to be very close up to you to notice that you’re even wearing anything at all.
Ready to get started?
Contact us to book your appointment.
Our dentists will assess your need for orthodontics and administer them accordingly.
Smile more confidently with your healthier and more beautiful smile.