Due to recent advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier because state-of-the-art appliances and treatments are now available, from traditional metal braces, to clear and tooth colored brackets, to NASA type wires that are heat activated and require fewer adjustments! In fact, some patients may even be candidates for treatment with Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires!
Because crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease or total tooth loss, the benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces and. over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.