Very few people have perfectly straight teeth, but Big Smile Dental can help you achieve what for so many doesn’t come naturally. With modern methods to correct alignment, you avoid complications that require time-consuming and costly treatment.
Upper teeth should fit slightly over lower teeth. The molars’ points should fit the grooves of opposing teeth. Misalignment arises when there is a big difference between the size of the jaws or between the jaw and the teeth. Prolonged pacifier use and other early childhood habits are risk factors. Misalignment can also develop over time as fillings and other restorations become worn.
Misalignment can negatively affect facial appearance. Eating becomes difficult and painful. You may develop a lisp or other speech impediments. Crooked teeth are difficult to clean, which can put you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
As conditions progress, decay may affect the inner part of the tooth. A painful infection develops at the tooth’s root or on nearby soft tissues. A badly damaged tooth may require root canal therapy. Teeth that can’t be restored with root canal treatment must be pulled. Dental bridges, dental implant-supported crowns, or dentures may be necessary to replace missing teeth.
More extensive procedures can’t be completed in a single appointment. Work may be missed to treat conditions that could have been avoided with orthodontic appliances. Strain on teeth, jaws, and muscles contributes to headaches, and jaw and facial pain that interferes with work, school, sleep, and affects overall quality of life.
Modern orthodontic treatments are available to effectively straighten teeth without sacrificing the look of your smile. Invisalign relies on the same basic approaches orthodontists have always used to reposition shift. Gentle forces gradually move teeth.
Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign aligners that move teeth into proper place are made from clear plastic. They are an almost invisible alternative to conventional metal wires and brackets. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners may be removed for up to four hours each day. You can clean between and around teeth more easily, which helps to keep your teeth healthy even when you are straightening!
There is no smile quite like yours. Just as your teeth are unique, the cost of treatment is also specific to you. Total costs depend partly on the number of aligners required for correction. The number of aligners depends on the type and severity of the condition to be treated.
While needs vary, all patients benefit from Big Smile Dental’s willingness to navigate the insurance process and remove financial barriers with a range of payment options, including discounts and financing programs. To find out more about the process, braces cost, and the potential return on your investment, visit the Chicago office. Call 773-772-8400 for appointments.