Orthodontics Gives You More Than A Pretty Smile

Friday, March 27th, 2015, 5:35 pm

Lots of people think that orthodontic treatment is just for cosmetic purposes — to get a pretty smile. The truth about straightening teeth is much different and leads to a healthier smile.

Crooked teeth aren’t pretty, but those crooked teeth are also more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease because crooked teeth are harder to clean and give bacteria more places to hide. A misaligned bite can lead to cracked or broken teeth and cause painful problems with the jaw joint.

Orthodontic treatment in children can be used to prevent some of these future problems by helping to guide the development and positioning of the adult teeth. Children should visit the dentist regularly after age 1 and should be evaluated for dental braces by age 7. Early intervention can help stop damaging habits, like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, that could cause tooth alignment issues as the child gets older.

If you didn’t have braces as a child, it isn’t too late. Orthodontic treatment for adults is very popular. Patients today want to keep a healthy smile for life and they also know the value of a nice smile. Many adults find that Invisalign orthodontic treatment is perfect for their lifestyle. Invisalign uses a series of custom made clear aligners to gently straighten your smile without the brackets and rubber bands. Invisalign is comfortable to wear and the trays are easily removed for eating, brushing and flossing! They are almost invisible when worn so no one will know you are straightening your teeth!

Find out more about orthodontic treatment and how you can achieve a healthier smile along with your straight teeth. Contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your consultation.

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