Crooked and misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious and unhappy with your physical appearance. This common issue is more than a cosmetic concern. When your teeth are not straight and aligned, issues with eating and speaking may be present. You may also have trouble keeping your teeth clean, and this can lead to cavities and other oral health issues. The good news is that the issue of crooked teeth is easily treated through braces.

Types of Braces

When you think about braces, you may think about small metal brackets being glued to your teeth and a wire running through them. Tiny rubber bands hold the wire into place on the brackets. However, this is only one type of braces that you can consider when you are ready to treat your crooked teeth problem. Many teens and adults are using Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign features clear trays that are placed over your teeth. Each week, you will replace the trays with new trays. Because each new tray has subtle changes, the movement of your teeth is steady and progressive over time. Many people enjoy Invisalign because there are usually fewer orthodontic appointments and because the trays are very difficult for others to see. In addition, the problem of metal wires poking you or brackets rubbing against the inside of your cheeks is not present with Invisalign.

What to Expect

Regardless of the type of braces that you opt for, the process will begin and end in largely the same way. Initially, x-rays will be taken of your mouth to determine if braces or Invisalign are suitable options for you. You may receive cost estimates as well as information about a payment plan so that you can decide which treatment type you want to proceed with. Then, you will schedule an appointment to begin treatment. Subsequent appointments will be required throughout the treatment, which may last one to two years or longer. Once the treatment is over, a retainer will be made for your teeth. You may be instructed to wear this retainer to bed each night so that your newly straightened teeth remain in place.

How to Care for Your Teeth

When your crooked teeth are being treated with braces or Invisalign, you must actively clean your teeth by brushing after every meal and snack. This will prevent cavities, and it may also reduce the possibility of having yellower teeth after the treatment is concluded. If necessary, whitening treatments may be scheduled after your braces brackets are removed to address any yellowing issues. During the treatment, you may need to wear a mouth guard during athletic activities to protect your teeth.

The straightness of your teeth can affect your own self-image and how others view you. It can also affect oral health and many other factors. If you believe that you may need braces, schedule a consultation today. Through a consultation, you can learn more about your options as well as the time and cost associated with the treatment.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please call our Portland Office Phone Number 503-774-3033 today!