Looking for a Peoria orthodontist near you? Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dedicated to aligning the teeth to help the health of the entire mouth. Misaligned teeth can often be less aesthetically pleasing but can also cause additional issues for the cheek, gums, jaw, and other parts of the mouth.
By around 12 years old, it is usually evident if orthodontics will be needed and a game plan can be created. Early intervention is often the best, which is why you most often see teenagers with braces. However, teeth can be straightened at any age.
The most commonly used orthodontic appliance is traditional braces. Metal brackets are attached to each tooth, and each bracket on the top and bottom parts of the mouth are interconnected. Depending on the strength of the wire and the tightness, as set by your dentist, it will move the teeth into the more desirable position. For more discreet look, the metal brackets can also be replaced with ceramic versions that blend more naturally with the tooth.
Thanks to advancements in orthodontics, Invisalign is an alternative option that many people prefer. Instead of metal brackets attached to the teeth, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays. Invisalign is very popular with adults due to its extremely discreet style. The clear aligners can also be removed, making eating and cleaning your teeth much easier. Invisalign is only effective if worn for at least 22 hours a day.
Do you wish you had straighter teeth? Considering orthodontics in Peoria? Call us today to set up a consultation with our Peoria, AZ orthodontist.
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