Crooked Teeth

Have your teeth shifted over the years or are have they always been crooked? Aside from your appearance and how your feel about your teeth teeth, crooked teeth can also can be an issue when cleaning your teeth.  It is now widely recognized that poor oral health can lead to systemic diseases such at heart disease and diabetes, so it is very important to be able to clean your teeth properly. Straight teeth are not only more esthetic but also easier to keep clean. There are several orthodontic options for those that are looking to have straight teeth:

Traditional braces consist of brackets and arch-wires that help align and straigthen teeth.  They are often used to correct over bites, as well as other malocclusions, including but not limited to under bites, cross bites, open bites, and deep bites.  Orthodontic braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help obtain an ideal result.  Dr. Dutton uses state of the art, computer aided treatment planing to individualize each patient’s case.

Similar in function to metal braces, ceramic brackets can be used to align teeth in the traditional orthodontic fashion.  They are very strong and generally do not stain.   Adults like to choose ceramic because they “blend in” with the teeth and are less noticeable than metal.

These are great for people who do not have severe problems.  The “braces” consist of strong plastic trays that are fabricated especially for you.  They are indeed invisible.  If your bite is not severely off and your teeth are not severely crooked, then Invisalign would be a good choice.  You would be able to get your teeth straightened without anyone seeing that you are wearing “braces”!  This appeals to many adults, especially people who wore traditional braces as children and then need more treatment later in life.  However, if your bite is very bad, if you need extractions or require headgear or other appliances, then Invisalign will not work for you.