Diagnosing & Treating Misaligned Teeth
If your teeth are poorly aligned, you may feel reluctant to smile. Misaligned teeth can also impact your oral health, making eating difficult. Dr. Paul Adams of Watkins Dental Group will fix your smile so it looks and feels just right.
Dr. Adams is an orthodontist, which means he has extensive training and experience in preventing, diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontics is one of ten dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
Look and Feel Better
A straighter smile doesn’t just look better — it’s also beneficial for your health. Important reasons to correct misaligned teeth include:
Healthy Digestion: Chewing is the first part of the digestion process. Poorly aligned teeth can cause a person to swallow their food without chewing it properly. This limits your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients and it can also cause digestive problems.
Dental Hygiene: Teeth that don’t fit together properly are difficult to keep clean. Crowded teeth and gaps create small, hard-to-clean spaces where bacteria and debris become trapped. This makes you more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.
Pain and Discomfort: Stress from chewing with improperly aligned teeth can lead to physical ailments such as headaches, TMJ issues and pain in your neck, back and shoulders.
Self-Confidence: Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Orthodontic treatment will improve your physical appearance, enhancing your self-confidence. When you feel good about your smile, it’s easier to relax and face life as it comes.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
After completely diagnosing your situation, Dr. Adams will recommend the ideal treatment to fix your smile. Today’s braces and oral appliances are much more stylish and attractive than they used to be. For example, Invisalign® aligners are so discreet that most people won’t even notice them.
You have a variety of orthodontic treatments to choose from. Orthodontic appliances can be made from several types of materials, including metal, ceramic and acrylics. Some braces are removable, while others are bonded directly to your teeth.
Dr. Adams will listen to your concerns and help you find the perfect treatment for your smile.
Duration of Treatment
Orthodontic treatment generally lasts from one to three years. Your treatment time will vary depending on your unique circumstances. This includes how far your teeth have to move and the type of oral appliance you choose.
Before we begin your orthodontic care, Dr. Adams will provide an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take. You can speed up the process by following all the recommendations for the treatment you select.
Questions? Ask Dr. Adams
Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to be a hassle. We’ll find the right treatment method for you or your child and Dr. Adams will have you smiling again before you know it. Many of our patients choose Invisalign because it’s fast and convenient, but we have a number of additional treatment options to match your lifestyle.
To learn more, contact our office by calling (570) 675-1138. Or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll get back to you right away.