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Why Should I Straighten my Smile?

The field of orthodontics, the branch of dentistry dealing with correcting facial, jaw, and bite issues, started out considered a purely cosmetic field. Today, it’s a whole different ball game. When patients have straighter teeth, they’re less likely to experience tooth decay (cavities), chips and breaks caused by uneven wear, and painful TMJ dysfunction. In addition to all of these great oral health advantages, patients also end up with a smile that looks picture-perfect.

Clear Trays and Aligners

Closeup of patient placing clear alignment tray | Orthodontic Braces Boca RatonClear trays are a great alternative to traditional braces. It is a subtle clear tray that you wear 24 hours a day except when eating. A commonly known clear tray company is Invisalign. Using a set number of clear trays, the trays gently shift teeth into better positioning. Tooth colored removable “buttons” may or may not be adhered to a tooth to assist the tray in proper positioning the teeth. Typically interproximal (in between) light filing is done by our Boca Raton dentist to help create space between teeth to ensure precision spacing and to avoid crowding. Treatments can be as short as 6 weeks depending on the nature of the anticipated movement. Typically, just like Invisalign, the patient is required to come back to the office every 2-3 weeks for the delivery of their new trays and to make any adjustments. A final retainer may be required to help maintain the overall progression of movement.

Aligners are a great option for adult patients who want to make some minor adjustments to the spacing and alignment of their bite before beginning other cosmetic dentistry services like porcelain veneers or cosmetic crowns. Using high-quality nickel and titanium materials, the aligners gently shift teeth to a better positioning. These aligners can also be used to treat minor orthodontic issues that do not require more advanced treatments, to retreat teeth that have shifted following advanced orthodontics or to prepare teeth for other dental treatments.

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