A straighter smile is more than just beautiful to look at. It’s also healthier and functions better. While dental insurance providers considered orthodontics purely cosmetic and elective services until the last several decades, dentists have always known the importance of healthy, properly aligned smiles. If your teeth are crooked, unevenly spaced, or you have a larger bite alignment concern like over, under, or crossbite, the Columbia cosmetic dentist and team at The Art of Dentistry are here to help. Give our team a call to schedule an orthodontic consultation today. We’ll review your orthodontic options and help you create the best treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
The Importance of Straightening Your Smile
You may still think that improving the appearance of your smile is the only benefit of straightening your teeth, but there are numerous reasons you should correct alignment concerns in addition to looking your best, including:
- Ensure optimal oral health by placing even biting pressure on teeth to avoid chips, cracks, and other damage
- Relieve unnecessary jaw strain and avoid TMJ dysfunction by ensuring properly positioned bite
- Properly aligned teeth function better, allowing you to speak clearly, chew a range of foods, and smile with confidence
- Correctly positioned teeth are also easier to clean, so you can keep your smile healthy and free from plaque and tartar buildup
Invisalign Clear Braces
One of the most popular orthodontic treatments we offer is the Invisalign clear braces system. Rather than brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to shift teeth into their ideal alignment. Each set of alignment trays represents your smile one step closer to the desired end result. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks until your teeth shift into this new position. Then, you’ll exchange the current set for the next set in the series. Most patients complete the entire treatment plan in under a year with just a few, short checkup appointments throughout orthodontic treatment.
Six Month Smiles
Like the name suggests, Six Month Smiles is a quick orthodontic treatment option. It focuses on just the front facing teeth, sometimes called the social six. This improves the appearance of your smile without the need to spend months or years on more advanced treatment options. In addition to offering fast treatments, Six Month Smiles are also made from cosmetic materials that will ensure a subtle appearance during treatment.
Traditional braces use brackets attached to the front surfaces of teeth connected to wires to shift teeth into their ideal alignment. Every few weeks, you’ll visit the office for an adjustment. The wires are moved to place pressure on the brackets. This pressure moves teeth, repositioning the smile over time. Most traditional orthodontic treatment plans last 18 to 24 months, but our team usually only handles less complex cases that can be completed within a year.