Your smile is designed to evoke a sense of confidence and standout as a positively noticeable feature. However, crooked and overlapping teeth can create a less than ideal smile and lead to poor self-confidence. Thanks to orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry treatments, people today can achieve the smile of their dreams in just a matter of a few months. While the term orthodontics used to mean a mouth filled with metal brackets, or something you equate with a teenager, there are many great orthodontic solutions available today for adults unhappy with their smiles.
Outlined below are some common signs orthodontics would make a great solution for you. Knoxville cosmetic dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey offers multiple types of orthodontics and would be glad to meet with you to discuss which one would be best suited for you. Please contact Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville today online or by calling (865) 588-1294 to schedule your consultation.
How Can Orthodontics Improve Your Smile
When you examine your smile in the mirror, what do you notice? Some of the common imperfections that can be corrected with orthodontics include:
- Gaps between teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Mild bite disorders and jaw pain
While the appearance of your smile can greatly improve with orthodontics, you can also enjoy many great oral health benefits, including, better dental hygiene, fresher breath, and reduced risk of tooth decay. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean. When teeth are crooked or overlap, food and bacteria can get easily trapped and lead to cavities.
What Causes Dental Misalignment?
The cause of dental misalignment differs for each individual patient. Genetics plays a large role in tooth development. Dental traits are inherited from your parents, so if either of them struggled from crooked teeth or had small mouths, that may be the cause of your smile imperfections.
Certain bad habits, such as thumb sucking or using a pacifier as a child, can also result in alignment issues or bite disorders. Other factors, such as facial trauma or teeth falling out prematurely can affect the growth and development of your permanent teeth. Even if you had braces as an adolescent, if you failed to properly wear your retainer as directed, or had your wisdom teeth taken out after orthodontic treatment was completed, it is possible for teeth to continue to shift.
Treatments We Provide
While traditional braces are still a proven orthodontic solution, adults who are looking for a more discreet option to straightening their smile may enjoy the benefits of Invisalign®. This orthodontic system uses clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into proper position. At the beginning of your treatment, you will be given a series of aligners that should be worn on your top and bottom teeth. The number of aligners will depend on the severity of your misalignment. Aligners should be worn consistently for 1 week at a time for 22 hours a day, only removed for eating and cleaning. Because they are made from clear, smooth plastic – they are virtually invisible. Most people can enjoy a straighter smile in about 12 to 15 months.
For faster results, you can use AcceleDent® Aura in combination with your orthodontics. This small, hand-held device fits over your top and bottom teeth and emits Softpulse Technology® to gently accelerate tooth movement. When used just 20 minutes a day, it has been clinically proven to move teeth up to 50 percent faster.
Start the Journey to a Straighter Smile Today
To learn more about Knoxville orthodontics and which one would be best suited for your unique needs – please contact Dr. Bailey’s office today online or by calling (865) 588-1294. We look forward to making your dreams of a straighter smile a reality.