Many adults did not get braces as a teenager, and now want to correct their crooked teeth before it becomes a larger issue. However, metal braces are unappealing to most people, no matter their age. Plus, the length of time that traditional braces often take can seem daunting.
Options for straightening your teeth as an adult include:
- Six Month Smiles: This popular treatment works the same way as braces, but instead of uncomfortable and obvious metal, it uses clear brackets and wires designed to match the teeth. It takes around six months to complete a Six Month Smiles treatment, although some people will need less time and some will need more.
- ClearCorrect Invisible Aligners: Aligners are often preferred over braces by many adults, because they can be removed for activities such as eating, brushing, and flossing. In addition, they are nearly invisible when worn. A series of ClearCorrect aligners are customized for your teeth, and you switch them out at dentist-recommended intervals.
If your teeth are crooked, it's a good idea to get them fixed, even if cosmetically they don't bother you. Crooked, overlapping, or widely spaced teeth can wear unevenly over time, which can cause bite misalignment problems leading to:
- Problems chewing
- Jaw pain
- Weakened teeth
In addition, it can be difficult to clean teeth properly when they are crooked, which can lead to an increase in tooth decay. If tooth decay is not treated properly, it can cause the tooth to fall out, or the tooth to be weakened so much that it requires extraction.
If you have crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth, don't hesitate to visit Dr. Jorge Paez at Nevada Dental Esthetics. It's best to straighten teeth as soon as possible to prevent worse problems in the future. Schedule your free consultation by calling 702-737-3553 today.