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Your smile is the first thing people notice when they see you. Crooked or crowded teeth and a misaligned bite can make you feel self-conscious no matter what your age. The good news is, with today’s advances in orthodontics, straighter teeth aren’t just for kids and teens anymore.

Now more than ever, adults are successfully straightening their teeth for a healthier, more aligned smile. Whether you’re looking for a cosmetic fix or wanting to improve your dental health, orthodontics can be used to overcome multiple issues that you may have had for years or may have developed over time. This is because teeth can shift over the years, even if they are healthy otherwise, and affect your bite.

Changes in alignment can evolve over the years and leave you with inadequate blood supply between tooth roots because of diminishing supportive bone material or gum infections. By the time you are in your twenties, many of your bones have hardened and no longer grow. This can also cause your tissue to take longer to adjust to new positions.

For those who have overbites or underbites, orthodontic treatment can be an effective treatment. This is important because misalignment makes it harder to clean teeth and sets the stage for oral bacteria and plaque to build up.

Of course, as an adult, you may not want to have metal braces visible in your smile. But there are other options available to you, including ceramic braces (instead of using metal, a transparent ceramic material is used), and clear plastic aligners.

We use the Invisalign® system for our patients, and it is one of the more popular options many adults and teens use to straighten their teeth. You simply wear clear plastic aligner trays that gradually shift the teeth as you switch out the aligners every two weeks until the teeth are aligned. Easy and effective!

Orthodontics is more affordable now than ever. Since people are living longer; having a healthy smile is more important and obtainable. So if you have been wanting straighter teeth and are ready for a change, we are here to help! To find out what your orthodontic options are, please give us a call today and schedule a consultation with our dentist. Join our team of satisfied patients by creating the straighter smile you have always wanted!