Why Straighten Teeth?
Straighter teeth can help patients avoid some common dental issues listed below. Straighter teeth are easier to clean and function more efficiently, lowering the potential for future dental problems.
Here is a brief overview of some of the main disorders associated with crooked teeth:
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ)
Teeth can be straightened using either orthodontic braces or customized aligning trays. Orthodontic braces are usually affixed to the teeth for a set duration. The brackets and archwires are tightened regularly by the orthodontist and removed when treatment is complete. Fixed braces can be placed on the front side or back side of the teeth and are effective for most types of malocclusion.
Aligning trays are fully removable and are used where the malocclusion is less severe, and the teeth need to move a shorter distance. These trays are replaced every few weeks for the duration of the treatment, and have proven to be equally effective for straightening teeth.