Your Northfield Invisalign Provider
As a Northfield Invisalign provider, our team of dentists understand the importance of a healthy, great-looking smile. Whether a parent considering if a child may need braces or an adult who wants to know if orthodontic treatment can provide a straighter smile, you probably have a variety of questions.
Let’s take a look at some of the questions we hear from patients most often as a Northfield Invisalign provider about orthodontic treatment.
How do I know if I or my child needs braces?
By visiting Northfield Family Dental at least once every six months, patients provide our team of dentists the opportunity to exam the current state of their oral health.
For kids, our dentists will check to see how their oral health is currently developing, and what types of future treatments they may need to correct any potential problems. In adults, our dentist can determine how orthodontic treatment might help to correct their smile and improve their oral health.
Some types of problems should be treated at an early age, even before all of a child’s baby teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. In fact, many parents are surprised to learn that the average age for a child’s first visit to see an orthodontist is seven.
However, other types problems will require waiting until the majority of a child’s permanent teeth have formed before treatment can begin.
For adults, most orthodontic treatment can begin immediately, as long their teeth and gums are in good shape. Adults dealing with severe gum disease or tooth decay may need to first get their oral health shored up before they can begin orthodontic treatment.
What are the signs of needing braces?
There are a variety of signs that could signal that you or a child could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Some of the most common signs include:
- The premature loss of baby teeth. When baby teeth fall out at too young an age, adult teeth can form crooked or crowded.
- Adult teeth developed late. When teeth fail to develop on schedule, it can have a cascading effect where teeth that neighbor the gap in a smile begin to shift.
- Crowded or crooked teeth. The most common reasons adults decide on orthodontic treatment is to correct teeth that appear crooked or that crowd together, making brushing more difficult.
- Overbite or underbite. Orthodontic treatment can help to correct the types of issues that can make eating and chewing more difficult for patients.
- Jaw problems. When patients develop issues with how their jaws open and close, orthodontic treatment may help to correct their ability to eat without discomfort.
What are my options for orthodontic care?
As a Northfield Invisalign provider, our team uses clear plastic aligners to help correct a patient’s smile. Unlike traditional metal braces that stand out from the natural complexion of a patient’s teeth, Invisalign aligners allow patients to undergo treatment discreetly and quickly.
Aligners sit over a patient’s teeth and work to slowly move them into their desired positions. Unlike metal braces that require making changes to how you eat and brush, aligners can be removed for meals and oral hygiene.
In addition to being nearly invisible, Invisalign treatment often takes less time to complete when compared to traditional metal braces.
Why should I undergo orthodontic treatment?
In addition to improving the appearance of a smile, orthodontic care can also help to improve patient health. When teeth sit closely crowded or crooked in the mouth, they become far more difficult to properly clean. This can allow harmful oral bacteria to buildup in areas that you can’t reach when brushing and flossing.
When bacteria build up, they contribute to the development of tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, these conditions can cause a variety of problems that could eventually lead to a lifetime of poor oral health.
Additionally, studies have found that individuals dealing with tooth decay, gum disease, and permanent tooth loss have a significantly higher risk for developing a range of chronic health problems that include heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.
Protecting your oral health does far more than just helping to create a healthy smile. It has the potential of lowering your risk for systemic diseases that could seriously jeopardize your long-term health.
Isn’t orthodontic care just for kids?
Not anymore. With advances in orthodontic care like Invisalign, more adults than ever before have decided to see the difference a straighter, better-looking smile can make in their lives. The number of adult patients we see at Northfield Family Dental continues to grow each and every year.
Don’t let outdated ideas of having a “metal mouth” keep you from getting the smile you desire. Invisalign offers a discreet and comfortable option for straightening your teeth.
Give yourself the gift of a better looking smile in 2021. Contact our office today to discover the difference orthodontic treatment can make to the health and appearance of your smile.