Everyone knows the power of a terrific smile – but did you know that straight teeth are also good for your oral health? When your teeth and bite are properly aligned, it reduces unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth, protects your sensitive jaw joints, and enables you to better clean your teeth with brushing and flossing at home on a daily basis. At Claire Cho DDS practice in the Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Laguna Woods, and surrounding CA areas have several orthodontics options when it comes to straightening their teeth or correcting bite problems.
Causes of tooth and bite misalignment
While your genetics do play a significant role in how your teeth and jaw develop, there are also a number of other factors that can contribute to crooked teeth or bite problems. These include:
- Thumb sucking
- Oral disease
- Breathing through your mouth
- Abnormal swallowing patterns
- Losing your baby teeth too early or late
- Inadequate nutrition
- Poor oral hygiene
- Traumatic injuries
Some patients may experience more than just the cosmetic effects of misaligned teeth. Jaw pain, headaches, and neck pain are all common effects of teeth or jaw misalignment, as well as conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or wearing down of the biting surfaces on your teeth. By seeking orthodontic care, you can prevent many costly complications from these issues down the road in addition to achieving a fantastic, straight smile!
Six Month Smiles®
If you want to correct the alignment of only the front teeth that are visible when you smile, Six Month Smiles® may be right for you. This treatment uses traditional bracket-and-wire braces that are tooth-colored so they are discreet. These invisible teeth braces gently move the front teeth into their correct position in as little as six months.
For patients who are interested in options to straighten their teeth without braces, Invisalign can be a great choice. Using a series of custom-designed, clear aligners, your teeth are gradually shifted into a straight and healthy position—without anyone knowing you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The aligners are switched out every two weeks for the next in the series, and we perform periodic check-ups to monitor your progress. Many patients can complete their Invisalign treatment in just 12 months.
Traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces are one of the most versatile orthodontic treatments available. They can be used even in severe cases of crowding, misalignment, gaps, or bite problems, and can be a great solution for many patients. Braces work by placing a gentle, yet persistent pressure on the teeth in a strategic direction to gradually move them into their optimal position. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, treatment with traditional braces generally takes between 12 and 30 months.
To learn more about the best options for straightening your teeth for both a beautiful and healthy smile, call the team at Claire Cho DDS in Aliso Viejo, CA today! We can be reached at (949) 541-2529