Crooked teeth aren’t just unattractive, they’re also a health hazard. A misaligned bite or overcrowded mouth leaves crevices for plaque, food debris, and bacteria to accumulate in your mouth. Fortunately, you have options at Proud To Serve Family Dentistry in Norman, Oklahoma. Audrey May-Jones, DDS, can straighten your smile and protect your teeth from future decay, thanks to a variety of orthodontic treatments. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
When most people hear the word “orthodontics,” they picture a mouth full of metal on a 14-year-old teen. As we age, it’s easy to accept our crooked teeth as something that isn’t worth fixing. But crooked teeth or a misaligned bite may be affecting your oral health more than you think.
When your teeth are crooked or your bite doesn’t match perfectly, small crevices in your teeth leave room for harmful bacteria to accumulate in your mouth, which leads to a number of serious health problems, including:
When left untreated, these oral health problems will only worsen, but there are a number of orthodontic treatments that can safely straighten your smile and correct your bite without visible metal wires and brackets.
Traditional braces are not your only option when it comes to straightening your smile. Dr. Audrey offers a number of safe, discreet orthodontic alternatives for your teeth, including:
ClearCorrect aligners are nearly invisible and difficult to detect with the naked eye, which is why they’re popular amongst teens and adults. The aligners are customized just for you through X-rays and digital impressions, molding perfectly to your teeth to straighten your smile naturally. What patients love about ClearCorrect aligners is that they’re removable. They should be worn 22 hours a day and removed whenever you eat or brush your teeth. The ClearCorrect process is gentle, and Dr. Audrey will check your smile every 4-6 weeks to ensure your teeth are making progress.
What if you could straighten your child’s teeth before they become crooked? With HealthyStart oral appliances, you can. This BPA, silicone, and latex-free dental appliance uses proprietary technology to mold your child’s teeth while they are still young, preventing overcrowding, tooth gaps, overbite, and underbite, eliminating the need for braces later in life. HealthyStart oral appliances are also used to prevent sleep disorders, such as loud snoring, teeth grinding, and mouth breathing in children, setting them up for a lifetime of good sleep habits.
EZ-Align clear aligners by DynaFlex® are clear aligners that straighten teeth in teens and adults alike. Like ClearCorrect®, these clear aligners are custom-fit to your teeth, slowly straightening your smile over time. With this system, an additional appliance can be added call EZ-X. The EZ-X® is a removable clear lateral development appliance utilizing a nickel titanium, spring-loaded memory screw. EZ-X® reduces or eliminates the need for enamel reduction & attachments prior to aligner therapy. Dr. Audrey prefers to use this system for people with narrow dental arches or have a lot of crowding of the front teeth.
At Proud To Serve Family Dentistry, you have options for straightening your smile. To learn more about the orthodontic services Dr. Audrey provides, call or book an appointment online today.