Teeth that are crooked or overlap can cause you to feel embarrassed about your smile. If you feel self-conscious when you talk or smile, or terrified to meet new people because of your teeth, it may be time to consider working with an orthodontist to straighten your smile. If you’ve thought about finding an orthodontist in Tysons Corner, here are a few things to consider.
The Benefits of Orthodontia
Besides diminishing your confidence, did you know that your crooked teeth are also affecting your oral health? When teeth are rotated or overlap it can be harder to keep them clean and plaque free when you brush and floss. Plaque build up is the culprit that causes gum disease and tooth decay, so straightening your smile will also improve your oral health.
Orthodontics also improves your bite alignment, making sure that all your teeth fit together correctly. When your bite is misaligned it can cause a joint disorder known as TMJ. Some of the symptoms TMJ causes are headaches, neck pain, and pain in your jaw joint. Correcting your bite will also improve the alignment of your jaw, which helps to alleviate TMJ.
How Does Orthodontics Work?
Traditional braces utilize metal or clear plastic brackets and a wire designed to gradually move your teeth. You’ll visit your orthodontist every two to three weeks for adjustments to your braces, and most cases will take 12 to 24 months to complete. After treatment is completed you’ll wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth from shifting.
Invisalign is an option for adult patients that straightens teeth with clear plastic aligners rather than traditional brackets and wires. The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat your regular diet and brush and floss easily. In order to achieve optimum results and keep treatment progressing, aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. Invisalign sometimes works more quickly than traditional braces and adults appreciate how discreet they are.
At Avanti Dental, Dr. Ignacio Blasi is our in-house orthodontist who will help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. The first step to becoming an orthodontic patient is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blasi where he will take measurements, photos, x-rays and models of your mouth. From there he can determine what type of treatment is best for your situation. He’s highly skilled and experienced at providing Invisalign and traditional braces to a wide range of patients, so you can complete your orthodontic treatment at the same office you trust for all of your dental care.
Don’t let your smile embarrass you any longer, contact Avanti Dental today to schedule your orthodontic consultation.