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Let us help you determine whether your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment.
While it might seem obvious to some people that they need to get braces, it isn’t always obvious to others. Sure, a crooked smile can certainly be improved by orthodontic treatment; however, did you also know that a straighter smile can improve your oral health, too? Our Williamsburg, VA, dentists Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill and Dr. Omar Hasham are here to explain.
Teeth that are crowded, twisted or misaligned in some way are more difficult to brush and remove plaque, which puts them at an increased risk for developing cavities. By getting orthodontic treatment, our Williamsburg, VA, general dentist can get you a straighter smile that’s also less likely to develop decay.
How do you know whether or not braces are right for you?
Orthodontic treatment can be great for patients of all ages, from children to adults. In fact, you are never too old to get braces. Your smile could benefit from braces if you are dealing with:
- Crooked or twisted teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Cross bites
- Open bites
There are also a variety of orthodontic treatments that we offer to provide you with fast, effective results no matter whether you are dealing with small issues or more serious problems. Of course, traditional metal braces are the most effective option for fixing more serious and complicated issues, including complex tooth movements or cases in which we need to realign the jaws.
Of course, if traditional braces are the most effective approach for handling your dental problems but you want a subtler option then ask us about tooth-colored traditional braces, which work the same way as metal braces but are less obvious when you smile.
Teens and adults who might be concerned about wearing braces can also turn to nearly invisible systems such as Invisalign, which use a custom-made set of clear, plastic aligners that fit over teeth to gradually shift teeth into the ideal position. These aligners are completely removable so that you can take them off prior to eating or brushing your teeth.
Are you living in Williamsburg, VA, and thinking about getting braces for yourself or your child? If so, then look no further than Williamsburg Family Dentistry. Our family dentistry practice provides you with quality, trustworthy orthodontic treatment no matter your age.
If you desire a straighter smile, there are different types of braces to help you achieve the smile you want. Whether you have gaps between teeth, a misaligned bite or teeth that are crooked, there are different types of braces that can correct those problems and transform your smile. Your dentist can help you determine which type of braces will best suit your needs. At Williamsburg Family Dentistry, Dr. Rick Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill are your dentists for braces in Williamsburg, VA.
Types of Braces
Braces are an orthodontic method for correcting misaligned bites and straightening teeth. There are several different types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces. There are different benefits associated with each type and they are all good options for helping adults and teens achieve a straighter smile. In Williamsburg, braces of all types can be installed.
Each type of braces utilizes brackets and wires to move and straighten the teeth. The brackets and wires for traditional metal braces and ceramic braces are applied to the fronts of the teeth. The primary difference between the type is that traditional metal brackets are silver, while ceramic brackets are clear and much less noticeable. Lingual braces differ from metal and ceramic braces in that the brackets and wires are mounted on the backs of the teeth.
Each type of braces offers distinct benefits. Traditional metal braces are an affordable option delivering reliable results. Ceramic braces are an excellent option for individuals who desire less noticeable braces since the ceramic brackets are clear. Lingual braces are the most discreet option as they are applied to the backs of the teeth where they cannot be seen. With lingual braces, no one will even know you are wearing braces.
Braces can help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile. Whether you choose traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces or discreet lingual braces, each type offers different benefits and will give you the smile you desire. For braces in Williamsburg, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rubin or Dr. Dunnill by calling Williamsburg Family Dentistry at (757) 345-5500.
How braces from Williamsburg can help your smile
Everyone wants a straight, beautiful smile but did you know straightening your teeth can also make your teeth and gums healthier? That’s because straight teeth are much easier to clean. It’s much easier to remove plaque and food debris from teeth that aren’t rotated or out of position. Your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, want to share why a straighter smile is a healthier smile.
If your teeth are rotated or out of position, plaque can hide in difficult access areas between your teeth. If you try to floss, you may break the floss between your teeth, leaving threads in between your teeth. You may just give up flossing entirely because your teeth are too tight.
Plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that can colonize in between your crowded teeth, producing toxins that can destroy tooth enamel, your gums and supporting bone. Badly aligned or badly positioned teeth can lead to dental decay, gum disease and periodontal disease. These conditions can lead to tooth loss.
If your teeth have spaces or gaps between them, you can also accumulate plaque between your teeth. That’s because the friction of chewing helps to natural clean your teeth. Teeth that are widely spaced apart don’t experience the friction necessary to clean in between these teeth, so you don’t get the natural self-cleansing of straighter teeth that are close together.
A poorly aligned bite can also cause tooth and jaw trauma resulting in TMJ pain and tooth wear. Chronic stress on teeth can lead to root canal treatment. If your teeth are worn down enough, you may eventually need dental crowns to protect them from breaking.
You can protect yourself from future problems by straightening your smile. Modern orthodontic treatment is easy, quick and discreet. At Williamsburg Family Dentistry you can choose from a wide range of orthodontic treatments including ceramic braces with tooth-colored wires, conventional metal braces, lingual braces or clear aligners.
For more information about orthodontic treatments available in Williamsburg, please visit the orthodontics section of the services page on the website at http://www.williamsburgfamilydentistry.com/library/7794/Orthodontics.html
A straighter smile is much healthier and more beautiful. Thanks to modern orthodontic treatments you can have a straighter smile more quickly, comfortably and easily than ever before. Find out more about which orthodontic treatments might be the best choice for you by calling your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA. Call today!
Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.
But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.
Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.
Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.
How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.
So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
How to choose the right orthodontic treatment
Not that long ago, if you wanted straight teeth, there was one choice, metal brackets and wires. Metal braces are still what most people think of when they hear the term “orthodontics.” Now, thanks to modern dental materials and techniques, there are many different types of braces to choose from. The question is which braces are right for you? There are many factors to consider and you shouldn’t make the decision alone. You need to call your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, Virginia. They can help you choose the right orthodontic treatment.
The right braces can give you a cosmetically beautiful, straight smile that is much easier to keep clean. Braces also provide you with improved chewing function because your teeth will meet evenly together, reducing trauma and wear on your teeth. Your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry offer several options for orthodontic treatment including:
- Conventional metal braces, using metal brackets and wires
- Modern plastic braces, using plastic brackets and tooth-colored wires
- Beautiful ceramic braces, with ceramic brackets and metal wires
- Lingual braces, using brackets attached to the back of your teeth
Your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry also offer Invisalign, the virtually invisible method of straightening your teeth. Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, called aligners. There are no brackets or wires.
The length of time for orthodontic treatment can vary from at least two years for braces, to nine to fifteen months for Invisalign. Your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry can provide you with all of the skills and tools you need to keep your smile healthy all during your orthodontic treatment.
If you have a poorly aligned bite, crowded or rotated teeth, or spaces between your teeth, you should consider orthodontic treatment. At Williamsburg Family Dentistry you can be assured no matter which type of orthodontic treatment you choose, you will love the result! Call your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, Virginia today and find out which braces are right for you!