If you have problems with chewing or crooked teeth, your dentist will most likely refer you to an orthodontist to correct these issues. An orthodontist diagnoses and fixes problems like TMJ that may occur due to crooked teeth or teeth that don’t mesh together properly during chewing. Once your orthodontist diagnoses the problem with the placement of your teeth, a corrective process can begin to fix your bite or the way your mouth looks.

Tooth Straightening Devices

Invisalign

There are several excellent tooth straightening devices available to orthodontic patients. Braces straighten teeth, but most teenagers and adults don’t like the way they look. Consult with your orthodontist. He or she may be able to fix your bite using a product like Invisalign to correct your bite without using traditional braces.

Invisalign uses a series of clear trays called aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. About every two weeks a new tray is placed in your mouth that gradually moves your teeth into the proper position. Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign can take up to two years, depending upon the amount of correcting needed to fix your dental issue.

Using Invisalign’s technology to straighten your teeth has several advantages. Invisalign aligners are removable, which makes it easier for you to brush and floss your teeth. They fit snuggly and don’t get in the way of your speech. Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear, with no brackets to rub against the inside of your mouth. And Invisalign aligners keep your smile looking free of dental appliances.

Hidden Braces

In some cases, problem teeth need stronger correction than that which can be provided by aligners. In that case, braces may be recommended to correct your orthodontic problems. Invisible braces are one of the latest technologies used by orthodontists today. Instead of placing brackets on the front of your teeth, brackets are applied to the backs of your teeth. Any wires, springs, or other orthodontic appliances that need to be used while you are using braces are also placed on the backs of your teeth. Your teeth derive the benefits of braces without having the unsightly look of braces.

Only you and your orthodontist can decide the best course of action to fix your bite problems. Consult with a highly trained, experienced orthodontist today before your teeth start having real problems such as headaches, tooth pain, TMJ, TMD and arthritis. Research the doctor’s educational background as well as their educational and training qualifications. Once you have decided upon an orthodontic course of action, follow the doctor’s instructions about the care of your teeth while using any orthodontic appliance. Before too long you will have a beautiful smile with straight teeth and a healthy mouth.

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