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Are your teeth crooked or crowded? Orthodontic treatment will not only improve the alignment but also the health of your smile. Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas practice family dentistry at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA. Learn how orthodontic treatment from their practice could help you.
Crooked Teeth Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue
Crooked teeth can make you reluctant to smile, but they cause issues that are more than cosmetic. Often, misaligned teeth affect your bite--the way your teeth fit together. When your bite is off, you may experience abnormal wear on your teeth, headaches and jaw pain and you may even develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). A severe bite problem can also affect your speech and ability to speak clearly or cause your teeth to cut the inside of your mouth when you try to chew.
Braces Correct a Variety of Problems in Alexandria
Your dentist may recommend braces if you have:
- Crowding: When your mouth is too small to accommodate all of your teeth, they begin to grow in at odd angles.
- Over and Underbites: If you have an overbite, your upper teeth protrude too far over your lower teeth. An underbite is the exact opposite problem.
- Gaps: Gaps between teeth can make you feel self-conscious, and food tends to get stuck in those spaces. This increases your risk of tooth decay.
- Open Bites and Crossbites: If all of your top teeth don't touch your bottom teeth, you have an open bite. Crossbites occur when there are alignment issues with both your top and bottom teeth.
With all of these issues, braces can be used to gradually shift your teeth into their correct positions.
Metal Braces Aren't the Only Option
Although metal braces are still very popular, they're not the only way to straighten your smile. Ceramic brackets are a little less noticeable than metal ones, and lingual braces are even less obvious because they attach to the backs of your teeth. If you don't like the idea of wires and brackets in your mouth, you'll want to consider Invisalign. The innovative brace system uses clear, removable aligner trays to straighten teeth.
Improve your smile with orthodontic treatment! Call your Alexandria, VA family dentistry experts-- Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas--at (703) 823-6616 to schedule an appointment.
Some patients refuse to get metal braces because they don’t want the embarrassment, stigma and discomfort that comes with wearing them for an extended period of time. Yet, many patients are eager to achieve a smile that is better aligned and attractive. Learn how dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA, may be able to help you get a straighter smile with Invisalign invisible aligners instead of metal braces.
When you get traditional metal braces, the orthodontist first cements a metal bracket to each tooth in the treatment plan. Then, a metal wire is attached to the brackets—the wire will provide tension and move the teeth into the desired position. Every time you smile or talk, others can clearly see the metal brackets and wire. If you go out to eat, chewing can be difficult and food sometimes gets stuck between the wires. It can be very embarrassing to live with for an extended period of time, which is why many patients want a different solution.
Invisalign Eliminates the Embarrassment
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that eliminates much of the embarrassment that comes with wearing metal braces. Instead of brackets and wires, your Alexandria dentists use plastic aligner trays to give you a straighter smile. The trays are clear and more discreet. They can also be removed when needed, which is a major convenience for someone who has a lot of social and professional obligations.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The length of an Invsalign treatment varies depending on the patient. Some patients have their straighter smile in as little as a few months while others take up to a year. Compared to metal braces, the treatment period for invisible aligners is usually much shorter. Your dentist will give you an estimated timeline at your consultation appointment.
Call for an Appointment Today
Part of having a better smile is straightening and aligning your teeth. If you want to avoid the embarrassment of wearing metal braces, call Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA, today at (703)823-6616 to ask about Invisalign invisible braces.