When you think of cosmetic dentistry treatments, the first procedure that may pop into your mind is teeth whitening, or perhaps dental veneers. We do not typically consider orthodontics cosmetic in nature, but this beneficial treatment is widely used today by both children and adults who desire a more beautiful smile. To provide the best for our family of patients, we have added a number of orthodontic treatments to our cosmetic dentistry menu of services for our Redlands practice.
Braces have long been used to straighten misaligned teeth. Not only does orthodontic treatment improve the appearance of the smile, but straightening teeth also promotes oral health. When teeth are out of place, they may be crammed together to a point where one tooth is overlapping another. On the other hand, some seek orthodontic care to bring teeth that are spaced too far apart together. In either scenario, the bacteria that naturally live in the mouth have more places to seek refuge. When bacteria are not adequately eliminated from between teeth through brushing and flossing, plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease become more likely.
In the past, braces had a single design that was based on the use of metal brackets and wires. Today, your family can enjoy the variety available at our cosmetic dentistry practice in Redlands, correcting misalignment without the look of metal if that were the desire. While we do provide traditional braces comprised of metal pieces, our patients may also choose from clear braces and Invisalign as well.
Orthodontic treatment is a custom process that is designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. Regardless of the type of orthodontics chosen, the first step in regaining a beautiful smile is a thorough consultation that includes x-rays and a dental impression. In this initial evaluation of the makeup of not only teeth but also the jaw structure, your dentist can devise the most suitable treatment plan based on the type of orthodontics chosen.
Remember, a healthy smile is the best way to make a great first impression. Braces are no longer a rite of passage reserved solely for teenagers. We consult with patients younger than the age of ten and older than the age of retirement. There is never a bad time to improve the appearance of the smile through orthodontic treatment. To give your family the best options, visit our cosmetic dentistry practice in Redlands.