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Orthodontics Straighten Teeth for a New You!

Do you judge people by how their teeth look? Unintentionally, we all do. In fact, studies show that we assume people with straight teeth and an attractive smile are friendlier, wealthier, healthier, and more intelligent than others. If you’re thinking about finding the best way to straighten your teeth, this article is a great place to start. 

In today’s blog, you’ll learn:

  • Orthodontic Options for Adults & Teens
  • Why Straight Teeth Are Healthier
  • How to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you’re ready for a free orthodontic consultation, call Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball, TX, at 832-699-3683 now. Dr. Wint Tun and our team promise a positive experience and head-turning results!

Orthodontic Options for Adults

Adults and teenagers have two primary options to straighten their teeth:

  1. Invisalign: clear, removable orthodontic aligners
  2. Traditional braces: clear or metal brackets

About Invisalign

Without metal brackets and wires, Invisalign’s clear, removable aligners straighten teeth in less time than traditional braces, with more comfort and convenience. Most patients qualify for Invisalign and prefer clear aligners to brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners can be removed when the patient brushes and flosses, as well as on important occasions, like weddings and photo shoots.

Invisalign aligners are fabricated in a certified Invisalign laboratory. Dr. Tun will take digital scans of your teeth and mouth, then send them along with her specifications to the lab. There, your series of custom acrylic aligners will be made. 

You will wear the aligners one at a time, in order. Each aligner should be worn for about a week and then discarded. Total treatment time is approximately 10-18 months, in most cases.

About Traditional Braces

You can opt for metal or clear brackets if you choose traditional braces. Many adults and teenagers prefer the clear brackets because they’re less noticeable. 

In some cases, patients don’t qualify for Invisalign because of the type of treatment needed. For instance, Invisalign cannot lift teeth, so if one of your teeth is set too deeply in its socket, only traditional braces will lift it into alignment with other teeth. Another example is Invisalign’s inability to straighten teeth twisted (rotated) greater than 20 degrees. 

Treatment time for traditional braces is 18-24 months, on average. Patients are given specific instructions for the care and maintenance of their braces. Some foods should be avoided, and special tools are needed to thoroughly clean teeth, brackets, and wires. 

Why Straight Teeth Are Healthier

Besides looking fantastic, straight teeth reduce the risk of plaque and tartar buildup, thus decreasing the potential for developing gum disease and cavities. Furthermore, straight teeth and a balanced bite reduce the risk of painful TMJ disorders.

Emotional health is also a consideration. A person who likes his smile is more likely to share it. This leads to better emotional health and self-confidence that may positively influence social, romantic, and professional pursuits. This article on NBC’s website explains the scientific proof about how smiling makes people feel happier.

The First Step to Straighten Teeth is a Complimentary Consultation

To learn whether Invisalign or traditional braces are best for your situation, book a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Wint Hun today. Board-certified in orthodontics, Dr. Tun owns and operates Harmony Dental. Our office serves patients from Spring, The Woodlands, and surrounding communities.

Call Harmony Dental, located in Tomball, TX, at 832-699-3683. We look forward to helping boost your self-confidence and overall health with orthodontic treatments to straighten your teeth. At our office, you can expect superior service and sensational results!