When your teeth are properly aligned, your smile looks more attractive. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean. With teeth in proper alignment, food is less likely to become trapped. When it does, it is typically easily dislodged with thorough brushing techniques.
Crowded, crooked teeth not only detract from the appearance of your smile, they tend to trap food particles. This becomes a haven for bacteria, which forms a sticky film that eventually hardens into plaque. Plaque destroys tooth enamel and causes cavities.
Misaligned teeth also contribute to an improper bite. This can lead to problems with the TMJ, or temporo-mandibular joint. This is your jaw joint, which is on each side of your head just under your ears. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to your skull. When your bite is misaligned, the result can be frequent headaches, migraines, facial pain, pain when chewing, ringing in the ears and pain in the neck and shoulder muscles.
To correct bite misalignment and straighten teeth, we offer Invisalign, which is a clear mold that moves teeth at a pace faster than traditional braces. Or, if you prefer, we can place porcelain veneers or crowns for an overall smile makeover.
In our office, whatever treatment option you choose, proper alignment is an important part of your overall result. We want your smile to look great, feel great and function fabulously!