The term “orthodontics” comes from the Greek ortho, meaning ‘straight’ and odont, meaning ‘tooth’. So it is no surprise that orthodontics is the practice of realigning and straightening crooked teeth! Your Fort Collins dentists at Shores Family Dentistry offers orthodontics for kids and adults who are looking for straighter teeth and a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Don’t Want Braces? Try Invisalign
Some people, especially adults, are embarrassed about having traditional braces. Thankfully, braces are no longer the only option for straightening teeth. Clear “braces” or clear-aligner treatment, commercially better-known as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, is a proven, effective way of straightening teeth using clear plastic trays that are periodically swapped out to continuously align your teeth. These are worn throughout the day and night, but can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, sports games, or for special occasions.
Why Invest In Straighter Teeth?
- You want a nicer looking smile: This is the main reason people straighten their teeth with Invisalign, braces, or other products. In our society, straight teeth are considered attractive. Just like people wear makeup or style their hair in a certain way to look good and feel confident, a straighter smile can also make you look and feel good.
- Straight teeth make keeping a healthy mouth easier. Crooked teeth make flossing difficult, and not flossing can lead to serious gum disease, which itself can lead to heart problems! Straightening your teeth now can save you a lot of distress down the road.
Straight teeth are less likely to be injured. Buck teeth (front teeth that protrude forward), crooked teeth, or teeth with an overbite (top teeth hang over bottom teeth too far) are much more likely to chip, crack, and break as the result of blunt force – such as a fall, sports injury, or even roughhousing with a sibling.
- Better job and relationship prospects: While the state of your teeth really should not matter to anyone else but you, studies show that people with straight teeth are more likely to get second interviews, job offers, and second dates than people with crooked teeth. It’s a sad truth, but it happens, nonetheless.
- Other benefits of straighter teeth include better bite and jaw function, fewer cavities, improved speech difficulties such as lisps, and creating an optimal canvas for veneers, crowns, and implants.
Want To Start Your Journey To Straight Teeth? Your Fort Collins Dentist Can Help!
At Shores Family Dentistry, we offer orthodontics for kids, teens, and adults who want a beautiful, straight smile. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, or simply want your teeth to look different, we can help. Of course, healthy teeth are more important than straight teeth, though, crooked teeth can still affect that state of your oral health. Schedule an appointment with your Fort Collins dentist at Shores today to see if you are a good candidate for orthodontics!