Besides the fact that they look better straight, your teeth benefit in more than just appearance when they’re symmetrical and in their proper positions. When they’re crooked, your upper and lower teeth won’t meet properly when you bite down, which can place a strain on your jaw in addition to excessive pressure on your teeth. Fortunately, you might not have to undergo comprehensive orthodontic treatment to achieve straight teeth. In many cases, we can help improve smile symmetry using a system of clear braces that offer improved discretion as well as shorter treatment times. That way, you can enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth without having to endure the scrutiny that often comes with traditional metal braces.
The Benefits of Symmetrical Teeth
So what can straight teeth do that crooked teeth can’t?
- Straighter teeth are easier to clean thoroughly with your toothbrush and floss, making them less likely to hide plaque that leads to cavities and gum disease.
- Properly aligned teeth function better by meeting each other squarely and evenly. This allows for more effective pressure distribution, which reduces the risk of cracks, chips, and other damage to your teeth from the pressure of your bite.
- A symmetrical smile is more visually appealing; can encourage you to smile more often and more openly; and can improve the ambience of those around you, as well as your own mood and confidence.
Clear Braces for Teens and Adults
While many children, and even some adults, require the direct, extensive tooth movement provided by conventional braces, teens and adults can often improve their smiles by simply focusing on the cosmetic aspects of their crooked teeth. To that end, we offer an innovative system of clear braces, designed by PowerProx, that can straighten your smile in only six months! To learn if clear braces are the right option for you, schedule a visit by contacting our office as soon as possible.
ABOUT YOUR KATY DENTIST:
Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly serve patients and families from in and around Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling (832) 437-3849.