La Grange, IL – Have you shied away from smiling because you’re unhappy with how your teeth look? Make 2015 the year of the grin with a smile makeover.
Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and increase your confidence. It’s important that your misaligned teeth be corrected not just for aesthetics, but also for function, as well. Improperly aligned teeth not only look unappealing, they can also cause a host of other dental problems.
You may think that your crooked smile is just annoying, but it’s also unhealthy.
“Brushing and flossing properly is harder with crooked teeth,” say Oak Park orthodontist Dr. William Beam. “When teeth overlap it can be harder to remove plaque build-up, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Properly caring for your teeth is much easier when your teeth are properly aligned.”
Crowded and crooked teeth can more often lead to dental caries, gum disease, tooth loss, impaired speech and worn enamel.
“When your teeth are improperly aligned, they can negatively affect your whole life,” say Dr. Richard Battistoni. “A poor bite can lead to headaches and neck aches, speech impediments and difficulty eating. Straight teeth aren’t only prettier, they also function better and can improve many facets of your life.”
If you’re wondering how orthodontic treatment can fit into your busy life, don’t worry – there is an option for everyone. Advances in the orthodontic world have offered braces options far beyond traditional metal braces.
Clear braces and ceramic braces make straightening your teeth less obvious, so you can get the smile you want more discretely. Self-ligating braces move faster than traditional braces, so you can have the smile you want without a many appointments with your orthodontist.
If you want to ensure your teeth get straightened without many people knowing, lingual braces or Invisalign may be for you. Lingual braces fit on the tongue side of teeth, so no one will even know you have them. And Invisalign consist of a series of invisible aligners that are both comfortable and removable.
“There are more options than ever before in the orthodontic world,” says Dr. Beam. “If you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment, now is the time to discover the difference a straight smile can offer.”
Additionally, Drs. Beam and Battistoni recommend adding the following to your New Year’s resolutions:
- Lay off the soda. Not only is too much soda bad for your health, the acid and sugar in these drinks are bad for your teeth. If you drink a lot of soda, consider replacing those with water throughout the day.
- Drink water after meals. Water can help wash away any food residue left after eating.
- Quit smoking. If you are a smoker, your habit can lead to tooth discoloration, gum recession, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer.
- Brush and floss regularly. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once to remove plaque and other harmful bacteria.
- Maintain regular visits with your dentist and orthodontist. These appointments are important because your doctor can monitor your oral health and make any adjustments or additions to your treatment as needed.
If you’re interested in learning more about what orthodontic treatment can do for your smile, schedule an appointment with Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics today.
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