Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life. – Jeanne Calment

Jeanne Louise Calment

Smiles are indeed linked to good health and vibrant life. In fact, studies suggest that smiling can enhance your mood, banishing depression, and invigorate your immune system to help prevent illness.  Jeanne Calment, the longest living woman in the world on record, would know.  If you want to enhance your smile, an orthodontist can provide a detailed evaluation and treatment plan to address dental defects or weaknesses. Here are some of the many benefits of having orthodontic work done.

Orthodontic treatment is specialized.

While a dentist provides general care and maintenance of the teeth and mouth, an orthodontist specializes in dental structures, teeth alignment, and any related needs that must be addressed. Missing or broken teeth can be fixed or replaced. Tipped or twisted teeth are maneuvered into their correct positions. Gaps between teeth or teeth that are too crowded can be adjusted appropriately to facilitate adequate brushing and dental hygiene.

Braces are the standard treatment.

Having the teeth fitted with metal wires gradually brings them into correct alignment. It may take several months, but the end result is worth it. Patients who are self-conscious about their visible treatment can opt instead for Invisalign, a clear form of wires that are not easily detected by other people. This product is perfect for those who don’t want to have their orthodontic work noticed.

Other problems can be addressed as well.

During the preliminary evaluation, the orthodontist will provide a diagnosis of any contributing factors that should be addressed during treatment with braces. For example, patients with gum disease or receding gums might need to see a periodontist. Anyone with a tongue-tie may require a simple surgical treatment to clip the tongue loose from the ligament tissue anchoring it. Referrals can be made to other specialists for these issues.

To learn more about Invisalign or other orthodontic treatments, contact Nalchajian Orthodontics. Soon your smile could be making you happier, healthier, and more attractive than ever.

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