Hardly anyone is born with a “perfect smile”. Crooked teeth, crowded teeth, spaces between teeth and teeth alignment are some of the many problems that plaque people. Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on straightening the teeth and alignment of the bite.
While Dr. Harper does not perform orthodontic treatment in his Poquoson dental office, he will design a treatment plan and coordinate the treatment with an orthodontist.
What Are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to reposition teeth. Invisalign® is the leading brand of invisible braces in the United States. Dr. Harper works with Hampton Roads area orthodontists and specialists who use the Invisalign® brand, as well as other trusted names for invisible braces.
Most patients prefer invisible braces to metal braces because they are more comfortable and fit better in their daily routine. Invisalign® aligners are made of a ultra thin, ultra clear, hard-soft plastic. Depending on your case, you will wear a series of aligners for approximately 2 weeks each. Most patients complete treatment in 6 – 12 months.
In addition to the esthetic and comfort advantages, invisible braces offers a number of significant clinical benefits including:
- Improved gum and tooth health during treatment because of better oral hygiene
- No metal allergies due to brackets and wires
- More predictable treatment planning
- Custom aligners tailored to fit your teeth precisely, for reduced irritation and fewer scratches
The Importance of Straightening Teeth
While crooked teeth can be embarrassing, they actually cause a much greater concern to the health of the mouth. When you have crooked teeth, brushing and flossing properly can be a challenge. Improper hygiene can lead to a build up of plaque and food debris, contributing to the formation of cavities and gum disease.
Most people seek orthodontic treatment in their teenage years, however, many adults need orthodontic treatment as part of restorative dentistry or a full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Harper works with some of the leading orthodontists in the Hampton Roads area and will coordinate treatment.
Typical orthodontic problems treated with braces include:
- Crowded Teeth
- Spaces Between Teeth
- Narrow Tooth Arches
- Intrusive Teeth
- Malocclusion (improper bite) may be related to TMJ discomfort
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