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Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.


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Show Your Teeth Some Respect

How Orthodontists Help Fix Crooked Teeth

by April Myers

Crooked teeth can be very distressing, unpleasant, and can also be harmful for numerous people that have to deal with them. Misaligned teeth can create areas containing bacteria and other substances. As these areas are difficult to clean these substances are likely to cause dental problems. It is wisest to line up your crooked teeth not only to achieve your radiant smile but also to enhance your oral health. An orthodontist can help you fix several other problems like overbites, underbites, and many more.

Curable and Treatable Situations

The application of orthodontics can rectify a variety of orthodontic conditions. Orthodontists can fix areas between the teeth, including jutting top teeth, missing teeth, and damaged teeth. An orthodontist can also fix crowded teeth, underbites, overbites, and open bites. When you visit a new orthodontist, they take X-rays and fit you with a mold to establish your tooth alignment. The orthodontist will then start planning the treatment. Retainers, implants, or other oral treatments may be included. In serious conditions, orthodontists must break the jaw bones and connect the jaws of their patients to better align them. 

Teeth Aligner 

Aligners are made of smooth, transparent plastic that covers the full teeth arch. They are formed in a way that adds to the smile and slowly shifts teeth. These devices are almost invisible and can be quickly removed. 

Traditional and Modern Braces 

Traditional metal braces are metal devices with brackets and wires. Your orthodontist will attach the brackets to the front of the teeth. They then bind the brackets using wires. There are a wide variety of braces available, and each of these alters the smile by putting pressure on the teeth. If traditional metal braces can't work for you, you might consider or ask about lingual braces that are placed behind the teeth and apply gentle force, moving them in the right spot.

Straight teeth are not just a question of appearance; it can also often prevent occasional tooth chipping and more. You will chew with discomfort with crooked teeth and place an additional strain on your gum tissue. Many orthodontic disorders can contribute to headaches, facial or neck discomfort, and misalignment of the joints in the jaw. Orthodontists are prepared to deal with any orthodontic disorder, which can make your life much better. Call or visit your nearby orthodontist for more information on how they can assist you with your oral health and teeth alignment.