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Orthodontics

Having a beautiful smile is important. When you know your teeth are straight and even, you feel more confident. Plus, a row of evenly spaced teeth makes it harder for food to get stuck in between them. That can lower your risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. That’s why orthodontic treatment is so important. They help your mouth stay healthy while making your smile look great.

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Straighten Teeth With Orthodontics in North Phoenix

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that deals with the position of your teeth and how they come together when you bite. Crooked teeth are a typical concern, especially after baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. However, malocclusion (or a bite that doesn’t work properly) can also be addressed by orthodontics. Overbites and underbites are probably the most common forms. When your bite isn’t right, your teeth can get worn spots in the enamel. And if your teeth are crooked, food can get stuck between them more easily.

Invisible Braces For Subtle Treatment

At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, we know wearing metal braces can be embarrassing no matter how old you are. Instead, you can pick from two “invisible treatments” instead of braces: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Both use a series of clear plastic trays similar to customized mouthguards. They rest comfortably on your teeth and gently move them to their proper positions. Because they’re made from clear plastic, they are practically invisible when worn.

Your First Orthodontic Visit

Your first appointment for orthodontics at our Phoenix, AZ dental office is mostly a chance to speak with Dr. Cavendish and explore your options. We will examine your teeth to get a better idea of what needs to happen. Then Dr. Cavendish will discuss your goals (what you want your smile to look like) and recommend orthodontic treatments accordingly.

Orthodontic After-care

Invisalign and ClearCorrect can be done in much less time than metal braces. Some people are done in six months. To help prevent your teeth from sliding back, you’ll receive a retainer when the orthodontic treatment is complete. This is worn at night. It helps retain the new position of your teeth so you don’t have to get a second orthodontic treatment in the future.

Avoid Braces With Preventive Orthodontics

There are orthodontic treatments that help prevent problems, not just fix them. Preventive orthodontics can take many forms, but they all help keep your teeth where they belong so you don’t have to undergo a lengthy orthodontic treatment. We can provide express versions of Invisalign and ClearCorrect for preventive orthodontics as well.

To learn more about how orthodontic treatments can help your smile look better and stay healthy, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Phoenix, AZ dental office today at 602-842-6504 or fill out our online form.