Straight teeth are the foundation of a terrific smile.
Did you know properly aligned teeth are also healthier?
Overlapped, crooked, or rotated teeth create a daily cleaning challenge. Food and bacterial plaque accumulate slowly in the tiny spaces that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. Misaligned teeth are more likely to decay, connected to inflammation, and can contribute to periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. Helping even a couple straggling teeth find their proper place makes your mouth healthier.
Straightening teeth isn’t just for kids! Adults often make the most dedicated orthodontic patients, and it’s never too late to discuss the options for a bright, straight smile. If you’re not sure wires fit your tolerance level, don’t worry. Invisible methods can work extremely well for many cases, and Dr. Chris Hill can help you explore the possibilities.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics literally means straight teeth. It involves teeth straightening and jaw alignment, combining beauty and function. The basic principle is that the body will remodel bone based on constant force. By applying constant force to your teeth, the body remodels bone around the teeth, allowing them to move.
This is easiest when the jaw is still growing and reshaping to accommodate teeth. Typically, orthodontics is used when people get their permanent teeth.
Identifying problems early may allow easier treatment with better results, but it’s never too late to discuss ways to enhance your smile!
Although all orthodontic treatments utilize the same basic principle, they can use different techniques to achieve their goals and may also have different treatment goals. That’s why we offer several different options so that our patients can get the treatment they need in the way they want.
Here are the orthodontic options we offer.
Traditional braces use wires and brackets that are bonded to the teeth to apply force to move the teeth. The oldest and most reliable orthodontic treatment, this is often the technique we will use for difficult orthodontic treatments.
A straight smile has never been easier to enjoy. Clear plastic trays, known as aligners, can work the magic of braces without the shine of metal. Not only does this make your orthodontic treatment almost invisible, the removable aligners mean you can enjoy all your favorite foods and don’t have to clean them out of your braces. Combined with sophisticated 3D software, this technology brings a new smile within reach for most adults and mature teens. New advancements cut your treatment time in half, bringing a new smile to life faster than ever!
Which Option Is Best for You?
Are you wanting to straighten your teeth? Learn which is the best orthodontic treatment for you in a consultation with St. Louis cosmetic dentist Dr. Chris Hill. Please call (314) 375-5353 (Downtown St. Louis) or (314) 678-7876 (Clayton) today for an appointment at City Smiles.