Perhaps you have considered doing something about crooked teeth, but the thought of wearing metal braces as an adult is stopping you. The good news, though, is that nowadays there are other options available for straightening teeth – options that are quick, comfortable, and discreet.
Why should I bother straightening my teeth?
With everything you’ve got going on in your life, you may think that procedures for straightening teeth are done for cosmetic purposes, and who has time for that? However, straight teeth are indeed important for your health as well.
Crooked teeth can make it difficult to give your teeth a really good cleaning – for instance, if one tooth is so close to another that you can’t even floss between them. This can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Teeth that are misaligned because they are crooked can also lead to problems with the muscles in your jaw, resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Patients with TMJ often suffer with headaches and muscle pain.
Invisalign is one option to straighten teeth that is a far cry from metal braces. You will be given comfortable plastic trays to place over your teeth. These trays gradually move teeth into their correct place, and you will be given a new tray about every two weeks or so. They are comfortable, basically invisible, and require much less maintenance than metal braces. They are also easily removed for eating, drinking, and when you need to brush and floss.
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that fits over your tooth. They can be used not only to help fix teeth that are crooked but for teeth that are discolored or chipped as well. It only takes one or two appointments to get veneers made, they are custom made to match the color of your other teeth, and maintaining them takes no more effort than brushing and flossing your teeth as you would usually do.
Fixing teeth that are crooked is not just a cosmetic issue. It can also save you from health problems and pain. If you would like to discuss veneers or Invisalign, make an appointment at Pacific Northwest Smiles! Call 425-357-6400 today!