Orthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Invisalign™

shutterstock_216284701Are you a selfie star? Or, do you run for cover when the camera comes out? Perhaps you have a gap in your teeth that embarrasses you and makes you self-conscious while eating or speaking in public. Or maybe your high school nickname, Bucky, has stuck with you all these years. Well, no more.

Cosmetic dentistry can truly help you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. There are a myriad of different treatments and techniques to take you from gappy to happy in no time. Let us elevate your smile. You’ll be buying selfie sticks in bulk from Amazon in no time.

Here at Elevate Dental Wellness in Basalt, we can help you smile, speak, and chew with confidence. Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of techniques aimed at improving the look of your smile, such as teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and porcelain veneers. If you’re not happy with your smile because of the way your jaw or teeth align in your mouth, you may even want to consider orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics are common treatments in cosmetic dentistry, and are the way dentists straighten and align teeth that naturally come in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people may even have an overbite or under-bite, where the upper and lower jaws don’t line up properly. Misalignment can cause serious problems and discomfort, including chewing or biting problems, muscle and joint pain, speech impediments, and facial deformity.

If you’re considering orthodontics for yourself, or for a child, you may be curious about the different types of orthodontic appliances that may be used in the process to adjust the shape or alignment of teeth or jaw structure. It can be life-changing.

We highly recommend Invisalign™. It’s what we use in our Basalt office, and it can help you capture your smile and live well.

3 benefits of Invisalign™:

This series of 5-30 custom clear plastic trays will gently move your teeth into their proper position over time and are removable and replaced every two weeks. Yes, it’s that easy.

  1. Healthier teeth and gums

If your gums are starting to look like a pink balloon animal, take note. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign™ comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without brackets and wires.

  1. Easier Cleaning

We know you don’t want your mouth to look like a broccoli forest. One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign™, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.

  1. Overall Health

Your teeth are a window to the health of your body. How your teeth and gums look say a lot about your overall health. If you're taking good care of both, you're probably taking good care of the rest of you. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes.

But, Invisalign™ aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign™ effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you'll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.

Dr. Steinbach can discuss whether or not Invisalign™ is a good option for you. Together, you can discuss a plan that will give you the results you’re looking for.

Orthodontics is much more than it used to be. New improvements and appliances are released regularly to help patients get the smile that they’ve always wanted. If you’d like to learn more about orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry at Elevate Dental Wellness, call Drs. Steinbach and Van Gorden at 970-279-5647, or visit us online at www.elevatewillits.com.