The problems of a crooked smile almost always hit teenagers, but anyone can have those issues. And no matter how old you are, ignoring your crooked teeth is a bad idea. It can lead to weakened enamel, TMJ disorder, and more.
That’s why you need to call our South Bend, IN dental office today at 574-208-5668 to schedule your orthodontic appointment. Dr. Hurcomb is trained to offer orthodontic treatments for teens and adults alike. And with three different treatments to choose from, you can get what you need to finally have a smile that’s straight and aligned.
Why Anyone Can Have Crooked Teeth
Your adult teeth use baby teeth as a guide for where and how to come through the gums. Obviously, that’s not an exact process. That’s why so many teens wind up with crooked teeth, which is also why braces are forever linked with those awkward teenage years.
But your teeth never truly stop moving. If they did, orthodontics would never work! Year after year of chewing all kinds of food will slowly nudge your teeth in different directions. Even if you never have a bad accident with your teeth, they can move out of alignment. That’s why adults can need orthodontic treatment as well as teens.
Why Your Family Needs Straight Teeth
Some people think braces and other orthodontic care is just a matter of looks — the only reason to get straight teeth is to look better. However, misaligned teeth can lead to dental health problems. Here are some of the problems you and your family can have when your teeth are crooked and misaligned.
- Gaps between your teeth do not look right, but they can also trap food more easily. This increases your risk of cavities and gum disease.
- Your self-esteem is lower because you don’t like how your smile looks.
- Your teeth come together is an unhealthy way, stressing your jaw joints and leading to TMJ disorder.
- Your teeth grind against each other, weakening the enamel and increasing your chances of a chipped or cracked tooth.
- Food can get trapped in your smile more easily, leading to a higher risk of gum disease and cavities.
By calling Tulip Tree Dental Care today, you can schedule your first appointment for orthodontics whether you are a teen or adult. Dr. Hurcomb is not only well trained, she understands how to be friendly and treat you like a real person. You’ll get straight teeth, and you’ll enjoy your experience.
Orthodontics Treatments For Everyone
Tulip Tree Dental Care offers three orthodontic treatments for you: Invisalign, Fastbraces®, and Ortho-Tain
INVISALIGN CLEAR ALIGNERS
You may have heard about “invisible braces” in the past, and that might have meant Invisalign. That’s because this modern orthodontic treatment does not use any metal or wires. Instead, you’ll receive a series of clear plastic trays molded to fit your teeth. They are all shaped just a bit different from each other. You wear them in the right order, and they gently guide your teeth to their new positions like braces.
Invisalign has several benefits over traditional braces, which is why Dr. Hurcomb trained to use them at our South Bend, IN dental office. First, they are almost invisible when worn. That means no embarrassment from braces! Second, they’re made from smooth plastic, so they are more comfortable. Invisalign is also finished sooner than traditional braces. Instead of waiting 2-3 years, your Invisalign results will be ready in as little as one year.
Fastbraces® is similar to traditional braces, so you will get metal brackets and wires. However, the technology used is much more advanced. Fastbraces® moves your entire tooth, not just the visible part. This makes the whole process much faster. In fact, many people are finished with their Fastbraces® in months, not years.
This orthodontic treatment is specifically made for children. It can not only straighten teeth, but it can help new ones come in straight and aligned. Ortho-Tain can even strengthen the tongue and improve swallowing, which can help kids keep their airway open at night and sleep better. Straight teeth and better sleep? Not too bad for one orthodontic treatment.
Call us TODAY at 574-208-5668 or make an appointment online to schedule orthodontic treatments for you and your kids. After all, everyone deserves a straight, aligned smile because you look better and stay healthier.