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Here's to Healthier Smiles in 2017!

We’re about a month into 2017, and by this point, many people are falling behind on their New Year’s resolutions. But not you! If you’re committed to making personal improvements this year, then your journey has just begun.

You may have one or several resolutions that you’re trying to stick to, and at Central Florida Smiles, we hope that one of them involves your oral health! While many people strive to lose weight or create a smarter budget, the wellness of your smile should also be a priority.

When it comes to your smile, your may not know where to begin to make it healthier. Of course, you know to brush and floss on a regular basis, but have you considered whether you might benefit from orthodontic treatment?

If your goal is to boost the health of your smile in 2017, then your orthodontist can certainly help. We have some suggestions that will keep you smiling all year long.

Why is Orthodontic Treatment Important?

Orthodontic treatment is usually necessary when you have structural issues with your smile, but it can also be implemented if you have one or more cosmetic concerns. Patients who exhibit tooth crowding, jaw misalignment or a poor bite position should seek treatment to improve the health of their smile.

Although you may not experience many side effects from malocclusion, functional issues with your teeth can create several oral health problems. For one, crooked teeth are harder to clean, requiring diligent brushing and flossing to remove food debris and bacteria from each crevice. Most patients with crowded teeth are unable to eliminate harmful plaque and end up suffering from more cavities than usual.

A misaligned jaw can also create discomfort, inhibiting your ability to chew and digest food properly. Certain unhealthy bite positions can even cause facial pain, including headaches and TMJ issues.

The appearance of your smile is important for the sake of your self-confidence, but correcting issues with your teeth is also vital for your health and quality of life, no matter how old you are. Orthodontic treatment can target both aspects and leave you feeling happier with your smile overall.

Your Options with Orthodontics: Invisalign

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in the methods that are available. In the past, your options were metal braces, which are highly efficient when straightening teeth but can detract from your appearance.

Many patients, especially adults, are hesitant to receive treatment with metal braces. When you’re older, one of the last things you want to do is impact your appearance in a way that’s going to make you feel self-conscious, which is why adults seek out treatment that is more discreet.

If you’re worried about your personal aesthetic, your orthodontist may recommend Invisalign as an inconspicuous way to straighten your teeth. Invisalign consists of several clear aligners customized specifically for the movements your teeth make.

In a single consultation, your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and send them over to an Invisalign laboratory. The laboratory uses these impressions to predict the movements of your teeth and design a treatment plan specifically for you. Your treatment plan will contain between 10-30 Invisalign retainers fabricated for your teeth.

Your personal treatment plan along with your aligners are sent back to your orthodontist, who will give you two to three aligners to take home at a time. You will also learn what to expect while wearing Invisalign, including how often to wear your Invisalign retainers, when to come in for follow-up appointments and the length of treatment.

The best part of wearing Invisalign is your ability to continue smiling throughout treatment. The aligners are virtually invisible, and no one will notice that you’re straightening your teeth.

What if You Need Metal Braces?

Although you may have some reservations about metal braces, they are the fastest and most efficient orthodontic method for straightening teeth. They’re especially beneficial for severe malocclusion impacting the molars. As much as you desire Invisalign, braces may be the most reliable treatment for your oral health.

Ceramic braces are designed specially to attract less attention to your treatment.

Braces can be more apparent, but they carry several benefits that may make them more suitable for you than Invisalign. You may also find that your treatment with braces is faster than what it would be with Invisalign. Your orthodontist can help you sort through the options available and help you find the right treatment method.

What Can You Do to Prevent Complications?

Your smile is one of your most important assets, and your oral health can impact your entire wellbeing. It’s essential to care for your smile just as you would the rest of your body.

Part of caring for your teeth includes being proactive about the issues that are affecting you. If you are experiencing jaw or facial pain, toothaches or bleeding gums, addressing these matters rather than waiting for them to disappear will ensure the health of your smile.

Being mindful of the various issues that could affect your teeth and remaining vigilant about their onset will save you from extensive treatment in the future. Additionally, visiting your dentist and orthodontist regularly will help you prevent any complications from arising. With bi-annual examinations and a consultation with an experienced professional, your smile will maintain its health for years to come.

If you would like more information about the orthodontic care we provide, or to learn which of our options are right for you, contact Central Florida Smiles at either our Longwood (407-862-1870) or Lake Mary (407-805-0068) offices today and schedule an appointment