Crooked teeth can be unattractive, uncomfortable, and unhealthy. If you are tired of crooked, crowded, or even teeth with too much space between them, orthodontics can be used to help you get straight, evenly spaced teeth. Braces remain the most commonly used orthodontic treatment because they offer predictability and versatility. However, we also offer clear braces, Invisalign, which uses clear plastic aligners instead of metal wires to move your teeth.
If you would like to learn what type of orthodontics is right for you, please call (910) 392-6060 or contact Kuzma Advanced Dentistry for an appointment with Wilmington, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Kuzma.
Benefits of Straight Teeth
You might think that straightening your teeth is just for cosmetic reasons, but the truth is that straight teeth have many important benefits, including:
- Easier to clean
- Reduced risk of cavities and gum disease
- Less risk of receding gums or bone loss
- Less wear on teeth
- Reduced risk of chipped or fractured teeth
- Improved personal and professional relationships
- Less risk of biting cheeks and tongue
- Better digestion
This combination of health and social benefits along with the cosmetic benefits that you will enjoy make straightening your teeth a great decision. It can have a huge impact on your life, which is why many adults are choosing to straighten their teeth with braces as a good investment in themselves and their quality of life.
How Orthodontics Works
Orthodontics, whether it’s traditional braces or a newer approach, uses the same basic principle. Your bones may seem solid and fixed, but the truth is that your body is constantly remaking them. Your body is trying to respond to the demands you put on bones and reshaping them to match. This includes the jawbone, where pressure on teeth can cause the bone around the teeth to reshape. Bone is removed from one side of the tooth where pressure is unfavorable and built up on the other side. As a result, our teeth can move slowly through our jaw.
In traditional braces, the force to move teeth is provided by a guiding wire that is trying to return to its optimal curve. This wire is run through small brackets that are bonded to your teeth. The amount of force can be controlled by changing the wire or by altering how tightly each bracket is linked to the guiding wire.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Although many people like the thought of clear braces like Invisalign, the truth is that traditional braces still have a place in modern orthodontic treatment. Many people will benefit from traditional braces because braces:
- Are more versatile — they can apply more types of force
- Can handle complex cases
- Can apply more force
- May be faster in some cases
- Are predictable — we’ve used braces for long enough that we know how they work in any given case
- Are less prone to operator error
The last item is not to be underestimated. Invisalign depends on a responsible user who will wear the aligners for the right amount of time each day and won’t try to rush treatment. This accounts for many cases where people don’t get the results they wanted from Invisalign.
Dr. Kuzma also offers functional braces that are intended to improve not just the appearance of your smile, but also the function of your bite.