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Three Health Benefits of Straight Teeth (And How We Can Help You Get Them)

At Family Dental Center, we offer orthodontic services of braces and Invisalign to help you achieve a straighter smile. When patients come to ourStraight Teeth Glenview, IL dentist’s office, they often think of straight teeth as strictly a cosmetic benefits. While straight teeth are an appealing look, a beautiful smile is not the only benefit you will experience from straighter teeth.

Healthier Gums

Healthy gums are a must-have for your tooth roots to anchor your teeth in place. When your teeth are over-crowded or gapped, this can cause your gums to be swollen, red and painful. When your teeth are straighter, your gums are better able to fit around your teeth.

Healthier Teeth

Crooked teeth are harder to clean than straight teeth. The uneven surfaces are easier to capture food particles. Unfortunately, these food particles are also more difficult to remove with traditional brushing and flossing. Through straighter teeth, you can more effectively care for your smile at home.

Less Tooth Friction

While your teeth may be strong, they can unfortunately be worn down over time. This is especially true when your bite and teeth are uneven. Your teeth are meant to fit together well. When they don’t, your teeth are subject to chipping and uneven wear and tear.

Treatment Options

At our Glenview orthodontic office, we offer traditional braces as well as Invisalign therapy to straighten teeth. Braces are a series of brackets and wires placed on the teeth that can exert straightening forces with time. They are a tried-and-tested method for achieving straighter teeth and an aligned bite.

Invisalign is an alternative teeth-straightening method for those who do not wish to have visible braces. Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners that fit over the teeth and exert forces to gradually rotate and change the teeth’s position until they are better aligned. The aligners are changed every two weeks until they are in the desired position.

While Invisalign can be highly beneficial, the aligners are not right for every bite or tooth alignment issue. At Family Dental Center, our highly trained dental team can help you determine the best orthodontic method to straighten your teeth and enjoy the health benefits of a straighter smile.

For more information on Invisalign, braces and orthodontic services at our Glenview, IL dentist’s office, please call (847) 998-1281.

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If you are considering having your teeth straightened, for cosmetic or other reasons, the idea of using clear aligners rather than traditional braces may be appealing.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about clear aligners.

What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are clear removable custom fitted “trays” that gradually straighten teeth. Used sequentially, each individual tray is slightly different from the one before and is worn every day for two weeks before going on to the next one in the series. This slowly moves your teeth to a new position.

How are they made?
The trays are computer-generated, based on impressions and models of your mouth combined with the knowledge of growth, development of teeth and jaws, and most importantly how and why teeth move.

How long does this treatment take?
By wearing clear aligners for at least 20 hours per day for two weeks before changing to the next tray in the sequence, treatment time can range from six months to two years depending on your individual situation.

Can children wear clear aligners?
Clear aligners are generally used for adults who have all their teeth and when jaw growth is complete, but can be used for younger people depending upon the extent and severity of their situation.

What situations can clear aligners be used for?
Clear aligners can realign or straighten teeth, close mild spaces, treat elongated teeth and tip teeth into better position. They are usually recommended for correcting mild to moderate crowding of teeth, particularly if your back teeth already fit together properly.

When are clear aligners probably not the right choice?
If you have a bad bite (your back teeth do not fit together well), or if you have a severe overbite or underbite, traditional braces are probably a better choice for treatment. If your teeth are severely crowded, or if your situation is complex, clear aligners will probably not be the right treatment choice.

How do you decide whether clear aligners are right for you?
An orthodontic assessment of your individual situation must be performed by our office.

What is considered in the assessment?
The assessment includes specialized x-rays of your teeth, jaws and skull, along with photos, impressions, and models of your bite.

For more information about clear aligners vs. traditional braces, make an appointment with us for a consultation and an examination of your own situation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners: An Alternative for Adult Orthodontics.”