Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with diagnosing, preventing, and correcting malocclusion or crooked teeth. Paradise Valley Orthodontics involves the use of braces or other oral appliances to straighten the teeth and correct bite alignment problems. Our Paradise Valley orthodontist can determine the best course of treatment to fix a patient’s specific concern.
Benefits of Paradise Valley Orthodontics
- Straight teeth are much easier to clean. This means that food particles are more easily removed from the enamel of straight teeth, which helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.
- Better oral hygiene leads to better overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to more than just cavities and bad breath; it can lead to more serious issues such as heart disease and diabetes. With straighter teeth, you’re more likely to keep up with proper brushing to keep your mouth healthy.
- Improved self-confidence. It’s hard to feel confident with crooked teeth. Invisalign or braces can help you attain a straight smile that can boost your self-image and confidence. Not everyone realizes how important this is to their overall well-being and happiness. Those with straighter smiles tend to be happier overall in life than those who don’t.
- Reduce or prevent TMJ disorder symptoms. If you have crowded teeth or a misaligned bite, it can increase wear on the soft tissues of your mouth, such as the cheeks, lips, and tongue. This can cause jaw pain and even chronic headaches. Braces or Invisalign can help you correct your bite so that you’re able to reduce these symptoms and possibly eliminate them completely.
Types of Paradise Valley Orthodontics Treatments
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. This bracket and wire system is used by our Paradise Valley orthodontist as an effective way to straighten teeth, align your bite, and reduce discomfort throughout the treatment process.
Metal braces are the go-to method for correcting complex bite issues. The brackets are attached to the teeth with a bonding material using a special light that helps the adhesive harden and secure them in place. Once placed, the metal wires are then connected to the brackets with elastic bands. These are the “power” behind traditional braces as they apply a gentle force on the teeth to move them into the correct position.
As each tooth moves into its proper place, new rubber bands are added to continue applying that pressure until the teeth are in their final positions.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces. The only difference between the two is the material that the brackets are made from. While metal brackets are typically silver or gold in color, ceramic brackets are clear to better blend in with your teeth.
Because ceramic braces are made from a nonporous material, they are more stain-resistant than traditional metal braces. Many adults prefer ceramic braces due to their cosmetic benefits. They are considered less noticeable, especially for adults who don’t want their appliances to be the focus of their smile.
Invisalign is a series of invisible, removable aligners that straighten your teeth without brackets or wires. You wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks at a time to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by our dentist. Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten – just clear, convenient comfort that gives you every reason to smile!
To find out more about Paradise Valley Orthodontics offered at our dental practice, call (480) 614-2211 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 12020 E Shea Blvd Suite 10, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.