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What Are My Orthodontic Options

Consider orthodontics if you have crowded or overlapping teeth and dream of a more symmetrical smile. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley in San Francisco, California, cosmetic and general dentists Aref Natour, DDS, Nisha Krishnaiah, DDS, and the team offer orthodontics to teenagers and adults. After an exam and discussion of your goals, they can develop a custom treatment plan. Call the office to learn more about orthodontics today or book online.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental subspecialty that diagnoses and treats alignment problems affecting your teeth and/or jaw. 

Crooked or overlapping teeth can prevent you from smiling. What’s more, they’re difficult to brush and floss, increasing your risk of cavities and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can restore balance to your smile and encourage optimal oral health.

What types of problems can orthodontics correct?

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley, the team uses orthodontics to treat various alignment problems, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • A misaligned jaw

You might also benefit from orthodontic treatment if you have an abnormal bite, such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite.

What are the types of orthodontics?

The Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley team offers several types of orthodontics, including:

 

Traditional braces 

Your dentist bonds traditional braces to the front of your teeth. They feature metal brackets, metal archwires, and rubber O-rings (rubber bands). The appliances place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw, improving their position and alignment over time. 

 

Invisalign® 

Invisalign straightens your teeth or jaw with a series of removable plastic aligners. The aligners fit snugly over your upper or lower dental arch, placing pressure on your teeth and jaws. Invisalign treatment is more discreet than traditional braces. However, for optimal results, you must wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The time that orthodontic treatment takes depends on your age and the alignment problems treated. Some people achieve their desired results in 12-18 months*, but it may take longer. Attend each of your checkups and follow your provider’s instructions to ensure a positive treatment outcome. 

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Orthodontic treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it may take some getting used to. At each checkup, your provider adjusts your braces or provides you with a new pair of Invisalign aligners. 

These changes may result in mild gum swelling or increased tooth sensitivity. Any discomfort should improve within a day or two, but if your symptoms continue, contact your dentist immediately.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley to request an orthodontics consultation today, or book online.

 

*Individual results may vary.

 

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