“If you feel happy, smile with all your heart, if you’re down, smile with all your might.” – Paul Ian Guillermo

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A smile is one thing that is universally understand everywhere in the world. If your teeth are improperly aligned, it can do more damage than just having a crooked or awkward smile. It can:

  • affect your bite
  • affect your jaw
  • cause pain and discomfort over time
  • affect first impressions

Improving Your Smile

An orthodontist is a doctor who specializes in treating disorders involving the misalignment of the teeth. Causes of teeth alignment issues can be, but are not limited to:

  • heredity – if one of both parents required braces, there’s a chance a child of theirs may need them as well
  • trauma – an injury to the mouth can cause teeth to grow improperly and in the wrong direction
  • overcrowding – sometimes, permanent teeth grow in and mouth is simply not large enough to accommodate teeth and if not treated, this can cause teeth to growth outward rather than in the downward or upward position. This will cause teeth to appear pushed out.
  • improper growth of baby teeth
  • poor habits – The use of pacifiers and thumb sucking can cause teeth to grow improperly
  • overbite, underbite and crossbite

An overbite is when the top teeth extend too far out over the bottom teeth whereas an underbite is when the bottom teeth extend further out than normal. A crossbite can cause some bottom teeth to cover the upper teeth when mouth is closed.

An orthodontist is trained to observe these conditions and use braces to realign teeth properly. In some cases, they can be worn on the inside of teeth and not seen from the outside. Invisalign is a clear appliance that is worn in the mouth as directed by your orthodontist and is not visible at all. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional devices attached to teeth and can be worn with confidence.

For more information, schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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