Having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue – it can affect your oral health and your overall health as well. You may have been putting off doing something about crooked teeth because you are concerned about the hassle, pain, and embarrassment of wearing braces. However, there are other options available for straightening teeth that are not only practically invisible but also comfortable.
It is true that fixing crooked teeth can give you a whole new smile and new confidence to go along with it. But straight teeth are important for other reasons as well.
If teeth are crooked, it can make it difficult to clean your teeth really well. For instance, if your teeth are so close to each other that you can’t floss between them, it leads to decay, cavities, and even gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to a misalignment of the jaw, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), headaches, muscle pain, and pain while chewing.
You probably know someone who uses Invisalign – but you probably only know they use it because they have told you. Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that are basically invisible. The trays gradually move your teeth into the correct position, and you are given a new one every 2 weeks or so. They are comfortable, require no maintenance, and are easily removed for drinking, eating, brushing, and flossing.
Veneers, thin pieces of porcelain that fit right over the tooth, are often used to fix teeth that are discolored or chipped. However, they can also be used to fix crooked teeth. It only takes a couple of appointments to have them made, they require no more maintenance than just your regular brushing and flossing routine, and they can even be made to match the color of your other teeth.
Straightening teeth isn’t just done for cosmetic reasons; fixing crooked teeth can also be important for your health. And nowadays it is easier than ever to fix crooked teeth, without the pain and hassle of metal braces. Call Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for an Invisalign or veneer consultation, at (561) 627-9000!
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