Many people look at their mouths and see teeth that are crowded or rotated, and may not consider orthodontics because they feel it is a cosmetic treatment.
However, in many cases, this misalignment of teeth can lead to periodontal disease since it is more difficult to remove plaque and harmful bacteria. Also, poor alignment of teeth can create excessive pressure, resulting in chipping and grooves at the gumline. Eventually, this constant wear will result in gum recession, sensitivity, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
When teeth are correctly aligned, you reduce the chances of periodontal disease and the abnormal wear and trauma that can result. Research has shown that periodontal disease, if left untreated, may increase the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
At our Wilmington dental office, we are pleased to offer two treatment options to meet your orthodontic needs: Six Month Smiles and Invisalign.
Six Month Smiles addresses the alignment of the teeth that are visible when you smile using tooth-colored brackets and wires. Since we are only treating the front teeth, treatment takes approximately six months.
Invisalign uses nearly invisible aligners to gradually move teeth. They are removable, making it easy to care for your teeth throughout treatment.