Why Braces?

Braces are indeed valuable for improving your smile’s aesthetics, and this is the main motivation for many patients who come to us for an orthodontic consultation. Nonetheless, there are many benefits to braces that go beyond your appearance.

Very few people have naturally aligned teeth, and crooked or crowded smiles can cause a host of oral health problems. It’s more difficult to keep misaligned teeth clean and to reach the spaces between them. As a result, people with crooked smiles may have more problems with cavities and gum disease.

Misaligned teeth are also subjected to more wear and tear. Even your nutrition may be compromised, as crooked teeth are not as efficient and effective at chewing. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can also result from a misaligned bite, causing headaches and facial pain.

Fortunately, an attractive, healthy smile can be achieved through orthodontics, even in the most difficult cases. Seeking orthodontic treatment can help you ward off more expensive and invasive dental interventions to correct these problems in later years.

Orthodontic treatment strategically applies forces to the teeth, and those forces disrupt the teeth’s previous attachment to the bone and nudge the teeth into the proper position. Once the teeth are aligned, the bone material rebuilds to anchor them into their new spots, completing the cycle.

Our orthodontist may achieve these end results with a number of methods. Conventional brackets, which can be made of metal or ceramic and wires offer a budget-friendly option. Patients who choose this option can generally expect to spend at least 18-24 months in treatment, based on the complexity of the case.

Another alternative, the Invisalign system, is highly convenient and comfortable, and Invisalign generally straightens the smile in a shorter period of time. Invisalign also allows patients to enjoy their new smiles much earlier than standard braces do.

Laredo Orthodontics

  • Laredo Orthodontics - 802 E. Calton Rd., Laredo, TX 78041 Phone: (956) 724-8391

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