Improve Smile Alignment with Your Corona Orthodontist
When you feel unhappy with the way your smile you may be suffering from a problem with your bite – or occlusion. Known as misalignment, or malocclusion, this means your teeth fit together poorly when you bite down. As a result, they may appear crooked, spaced out, or may overlap. In addition to esthetic concerns, issues with your bite may result in bruxism and strain on your jaw joints, which may lead to TMJ disorder.
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on improving malocclusions. Through a variety of treatments your orthodontist will create a customized care plan to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Once improved, your teeth will fit together comfortably when you bite down and will look beautiful when you smile.
Your Corona family dentist may suggest conventional braces to address your misalignment. These systems rely on the use of brackets cemented onto each tooth and the use of wires to shift your teeth. Conventional braces offer treatment flexibility for patients with a diverse set of needs, from mild to severe malocclusions.
If you suffer from mild to moderate misalignment, we may offer one of our aligner tray systems. Often referred to as “Invisalign,” trays do not utilize brackets and wires. Instead, you will graduate through a series of clear trays that fit over your teeth, shifting them into place. One of the more popular systems is Invisalign, which can improve smiles for teens and adults in as little as a year. Removable Invisalign aligners will also make eating and dental maintenance more convenient.
A phased approach to orthodontic treatment is an excellent way to help prepare children with misalignment for braces or aligners. Working with a pediatric dentist, our team will use First Phase orthodontics to help guide the growth and development of the jaw to make room for teeth to properly grow into place. The process helps limit the severity of misalignment, and for some, could shorten the amount of time they need to wear braces or aligner trays in their teen years.
About Your Candidacy
Your orthodontist will visually examine your mouth to determine which type of malocclusion affects your bite. The exam may include advanced imaging, such as X-rays or a CT scan for more accurate case planning. You will speak one-on-one with your orthodontist to determine whether traditional braces or Invisalign offer you the best solution to improving your smile.