At Premier Dental Care and Implant Centers, dentists in Lancaster and Palmdale, CA, we offer more than your traditional dentist. In addition to things like teeth whitening and dental crowns, we can also help you with your orthodontic needs. Learn more about our offerings below.
Why Treating Crooked Teeth is Important
Especially if you only have a few crooked teeth, you may not think that getting them straightened is a big deal. But it’s a lot more than an aesthetic problem. Crooked teeth can also cause problems with your oral health. The teeth are often cramped and meet at odd angles that can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. This can lead to problems with tooth decay and gum disease.
When your teeth come together properly, the force of your bite is evenly distributed throughout your jaws and teeth. Whether it’s due to crooked teeth or bite problems, when your teeth come together improperly, the force isn’t distributed the way it’s supposed to be. This can lead to cracked, chipped, and broken teeth.
The most recognized form of straightening crooked teeth is traditional metal braces. Metal brackets are bonded to the teeth and wires are threaded through them. Once a month, you come to our office to get the wires tightened. It’s the tightening of the wires that slowly moves your teeth into place.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into place. They’re made of a durable yet comfortable plastic that doesn’t irritate your mouth as the metal from braces can. Invisalign can treat mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, often in less time than with braces.
Invisalign is a popular option because it isn’t as visible as traditional braces. They’re form-fitted to your teeth and you can barely see that they’re there unless you’re looking for them. While they’re worn for at least 22 hours or so a day, you’re able to take them out to eat and take care of your oral health.
Retainers are used when you’re done with orthodontic treatment like Invisalign or braces. Typically they’re worn at night, but may also sometimes be needed throughout the day. They’re designed so that your teeth don’t shift and keep the straight appearance that you’ve achieved through your orthodontic treatment.