Straighter teeth can make a significant difference to your long term oral health because they are easier to keep clean and therefore less likely to suffer decay and gum disease, which is the biggest cause of tooth loss.
A good bite with teeth that properly fit together also protects muscles in the jaw and mouth and can prevent the onset of headaches and neck pain, which can result from a poor bite. Finally, straighter teeth prevent excessive wearing of tooth enamel, which is irreversible.
Proper alignment of your teeth and bite ensures that the pressure is balanced on all teeth when chewing, protecting the joints in the jaw and preventing TMJ disorder.
At Portmore, we use cosmetic orthodontic systems such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to move teeth in a shorter time than traditional treatment plans. These brace systems can be a good alternative to traditional metal braces because they use clear wires so are less noticeable in the mouth, which can appeal to people who want to look their best throughout treatment.
With Invisalign, which has become a popular treatment throughout the world, the patient wears a series of clear plastic aligners over their teeth which gradually move them to the desired position. The aligners are worn all day and can be cleaned easily because they are removable, and the teeth can also be cleaned properly because there is no obstruction.
Patients also have the added advantage of removing the aligner when they eat, so they can still eat what they want and not worry about food getting stuck in the apparatus or breaking it.