Straight teeth are important to an attractive smile. Like a lot of people, you may not have been blessed with naturally straight teeth. Perhaps, as your teeth developed, they grew in tilted, turned, or poorly spaced.
Big Smile Dental can correct crowded, crooked, or otherwise unevenly-spaced teeth with removable or fixed options, either through modern techniques like Invisalign or with a twist on conventional methods like cosmetic braces with tooth-colored brackets and wires.
Why you need braces treatment now, rather than later
Aside from the fact that crooked teeth can make you feel less than your best, these types of problems can place undue stress on otherwise healthy teeth. Excessive wear can damage the enamel, causing chips and cracks. Sufficiently severe damage can make the tooth susceptible to decay.
Problems with how the upper and lower teeth come together are also associated with disorders of the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. You may contend with chronic headaches and recurrent facial pain. You may lose pleasure in meals, because chewing is uncomfortable or the jaw can stiffen and lock. These issues interfere with nutrition, sleep, productivity at work, and overall quality of life.
Stress caused by poor bite is one of the four key reasons people run into problems with their teeth, in addition to:
- Dental decay
- Gum disease
- Systemic illnesses or medications to treat those illnesses
Teeth that don’t fit together properly are at greater risk of dental decay and disease because they are harder to brush and floss effectively.
In the past, it may have been difficult to clean between and around the teeth when wearing conventional metal braces. Modern orthodontics treatments such as Invisalign are designed for easier brushing and flossing, because the aligner trays that do the straightening may be removed for cleaning and eating. Made from a clear, smooth plastic, these dental appliances are not as obvious as the metal wires and brackets of conventional braces.
Even conventional braces have gotten a cosmetic upgrade. While the techniques and process associated with traditional fixed orthodontic appliances remain unchanged, the materials used offer a better experience for the patient. Not only are the materials used in today’s braces more comfortable, but they are also barely visible. The brackets that hold the straightening wires into place are tooth-colored, designed to blend in with your teeth.
When you ask, “What types of braces are available near me in Chicago” Big Smile Dental will explain the modern-day options they offer. Call 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment.