Crooked teeth come in all shapes and sizes. Kids aren’t the only ones who sometimes face a not-so-straight smile. Adults who never had braces or whose teeth have shifted over time can feel the emotional and social effects of a crooked smile as well.
That’s why Dr. Steven Yang has studied a variety of orthodontic techniques to straighten and perfect almost any smile of any age.
Why Straight Teeth Are Important
You may think that having straight teeth is mostly a matter of cosmetic preference. The truth is, straight teeth are healthier too. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and more likely to contribute to gum disease and decay. And teeth that are protruding, widely spaced, or misaligned usually don’t function the way they should. In fact, poorly aligned teeth and jaws can contribute to TMJ symptoms, pain, and even migraines. Well-aligned teeth are less prone to shifting and crowding with age. Plus, straight teeth increase smiling – and smiling makes you healthier and more confident.
As the most popular type of braces, these are commonly used for children and young adults. They are typically stainless steel or metal and are composed of brackets and a main wire. The brackets are placed on your teeth and the wire is threaded through the brackets, connecting them together. The wire places pressure on the teeth, gently moving them into the desired position. Doctors use these braces in conjunction with palatal expansion for kids, and for adults with bite and alignment issues.
Invisalign is a great choice for professionals or other adults who want to straighten their teeth – invisibly. Invisalign lets you get the straight smile of your dreams without anyone noticing that you are wearing braces. Dr. Yang uses 3-D computer technology to create customized clear aligners that fit perfectly and comfortably around your teeth, while gradually moving them into an ideal position — no wires or brackets necessary. In fact, you can remove these braces to eat, brush, and floss your teeth, or even for special occasions.
Six Month Smiles
Here’s an innovation patients can’t stop talking – and smiling – about. Just as the name suggests, Six Month Smiles can straighten your teeth in approximately six short months. Because they are used more as a cosmetic solution, they only straighten and correct the front teeth. And that means you can have a perfect smile in time for your wedding, graduation, or any of life’s momentous occasions!