Most of the time when people think of getting their teeth straightened, they think of the orthodontist, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. The practice of wellness dentistry rules our practice here in Jacksonville, and because the mouth is the gateway to the entire body, Dr. Shields knows the importance of straight teeth. As such, she is trained in providing her patients with both Invisalign and Clear Correct, two styles of tooth aligning programs that can improve both the cosmetic aspect of a patient’s smile, and their overall health as well.
Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth
No, we’re not saying that if your teeth are crooked that they are inherently unhealthy. Crooked teeth can be very healthy if taken care of properly, just like straight teeth. However, crooked teeth often are accompanied by a malocclusion. Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites are all examples of malocclusions and can increase your risk of breaking or damaging your teeth. Malocclusions can be harmful when patients have bruxism, or grind their teeth at night. They can also make it difficult to eat and speak depending on the severity of the malocclusion. Aligning treatments such as Invisalign and Clear Correct are able to correct malocclusions and prevent undue damage from happening.
Straight teeth are also much easier to properly clean with brushing and flossing. This is because, in most cases, the surface of the tooth is exposed. With crooked teeth, you may have more hard to reach areas and as a result have a more difficult time brushing and manipulating floss to clean in between your teeth. Having straight teeth makes it much easier to perform your daily oral habit correctly and efficiently.
How Do These Aligners Work?
Both Invisalign and Clear Correct are treatment options that consist of a series of clear trays that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. After a consultation is had and Dr. Shields decides that she can safely and effectively take you through this treatment, she will take an impression of your mouth and create a plan. She will send this plan to the respective labs where your aligners will be created. For each treatment system your aligners will be worn for two weeks as they gradually move your teeth. After two weeks, you will need to replace them with the next set, or step in your treatment. You will be able to remove these aligners to eat and perform your daily oral hygiene routine. As an added bonus very few people will even notice that you are straightening your smile, as there are no brackets or wires. After your consultation, Dr. Shields will be able to help you choose if Clear Correct or Invisalign is best for your lifestyle, treatment plan, and budget. Although these systems are very similar the do hold key differences that will warrant a discussion with your Jacksonville, Florida dentist.
Is Every Case Treatable by Dr. Shields?
There is a reason why Orthodontia exists. Treating malocclusions and crooked teeth is a science unto itself. This is why not every case can be treated by Dr. Shields, further not every case of malocclusion and crowded teeth can be corrected by clear aligner systems like Invisalign or Clear Correct. If you are curious if your case is treatable at our Jacksonville dental office, Don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Dr. Shields will be able to discern if this type of treatment will improve your life, or if she will need to refer you to an orthodontist to achieve your desired results.
The Benefits of Straight Teeth
Straight teeth are first and foremost beautiful to look at. Many people desire the look of straight smile, and for most seeking this treatment the cosmetic aspect of Invisalign or Clear Correct treatments is the only thing they desire. However straight teeth do more than just make your smile attractive they can help you remain healthy as well. However the most important thing that a set of straight teeth can bring is a sense of confidence. Patients who are confident in their smiles and who feel they have earned them take much better care of their teeth. Feeling good about yourself and how you look because of your smile can also have an effect on your mental health as well. When we talk about whole body health here are Smiles By Shields, mental health is included. If you have any questions about straightening your teeth with Dr. Shields, call us to schedule a consultation today.