The image of a young teenager wearing a full set of metal braces is often what comes to mind when someone thinks about “orthodontic treatment.” The fact of the matter is that orthodontic treatment goes beyond just metal wires and brackets. Orthodontic treatment involves properly aligning the teeth and bite. While it is beneficial to do it at a younger age to intervene and prevent problems, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial to adult smiles, too. Invisalign® aligners offer up a form of orthodontic treatment that is more discreet, which is often what adults are seeking. If you are considering Invisalign® for your smile, talk to your dental team in Lafayette, LA.
Reducing Smile Risks
Crooked teeth can seem like it is just a cosmetic problem. If you feel secure and confident in your smile even if it is a little uneven, what’s the big deal, right? Wrong. Crooked teeth can be at a higher risk of tooth decay, tooth damage, and gum disease. Teeth that overlap over one another are harder to keep clear of bacteria. The collectives of harmful bacteria that can form in these nooks and crannies can lead to decay and gum disease. Teeth that are angled incorrectly are more likely to bump into each other in destructive ways. Straightening your smile can help reduce these smile risks.
Protecting Your Jaw’s Health
A misaligned bite is not just potentially problematic for your teeth and gums, but it can also cause a lot of strain on your jaw. Your jaw can become overworked and may develop TMJ disorder, which is a problem affecting the temporomandibular joints of the jaw. A properly aligned bite puts less undue stress onto your jaw, which again is a reason to consider orthodontic treatment.
Increasing Your Confidence
Crooked teeth can make you feel embarrassed to laugh, smile, or even just to talk. Straightening your smile can increase your confidence, which can have many positive effects across your life.
It’s rarely too late to consider treatment
Invisalign® treatment is appropriate for a wide variety of ages. To schedule a consultation, contact our office in Lafayette, LA at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities