Misaligned, crooked, and crowded teeth can be corrected through orthodontics treatment at our Rexburg, ID, dental practice. At Madison Park Dental Center, we offer both metal and clear brackets for patients of all ages seeking a straighter, more balanced smile.
Candidates for Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment plans can address different types and severities of crooked or misaligned teeth. Some of the reasons that patients choose orthodontia include:
- Genetic predisposition for crooked or misaligned teeth. If anyone in your family has misaligned teeth, there is a fair chance that you or your children will experience some misalignment.
- Thumb or pacifier sucking in young children. The constant forward motion of the jaw that occurs during sucking can lead to misalignment.
- Poor nutrition or inadequate oral hygiene can affect the way teeth develop.
- Teeth grinding or frequently leaning forward with the lower jaw in the palm of the hand can lead to misalignment.
- An injury to the face or jaw can cause teeth to shift, even in adulthood.
- In adults, a failure to continue wearing retainers or night guards after having braces as a child can lead to misalignment.
Misaligned teeth can affect your comfort, oral health, speech, and self-confidence.
If left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to pain when one tooth bears extra force from a misaligned bite. In the long-term, patients who do not receive recommended orthodontic care are more likely to develop gum disease as they age.
Our Orthodontic Services
During a consultation at Madison Park Dental Center, our dental team will help you make an informed decision about the treatment or series of treatments that will be right for you or your children. Our orthodontic services include:
- Traditional Braces: This treatment involves wires that are attached to brackets that must be periodically tightened and adjusted to control the movement of the teeth. You may also need to attach rubber bands to the brackets to aid in alignment. Both adults and children can use traditional braces to realign teeth. For patients who do not like the appearance of metal brackets, using clear synthetic brackets can help improve aesthetics.
- Invisalign®: This straightening option for adults and teens uses plastic trays to straighten teeth rather than wires attached to brackets. Many adults prefer this option since it is virtually invisible. Invisalign® users will use a new tray every two weeks. This treatment option often takes about one year to complete and is a good option for adults addressing relapse misalignment.
- Lingual Braces: This orthodontic treatment is also virtually invisible. This option involves a metal device similar in appearance to a small retainer that sits on the roof of the mouth rather than on the front surface of the teeth. Since these braces are placed behind the teeth, they are a good option for those wanting to discreetly straighten their teeth.
We may also recommend headgear or a retainer. Most patients who receive braces will need to wear a retainer before or after their treatment period. Though you may need to wear the retainer all day for a period of time, most patients will eventually only need their retainer at night. Headgear is usually recommended for children to correct larger issues, such as underbite or overbite.
Can Braces Improve My Smile?
An orthodontic issue can affect your comfort, oral health, speech, and self-confidence. To find out which orthodontic treatment is best for you or your child, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with our skilled dental team.