Cupertino Dentist Explores the Necessity of Dental Braces

bracesThough people of all ages can benefit from the use of dental braces, older teens and adults may be less keen to accept the traditional metal bracket-and-wire apparatus. Unfortunately, crooked teeth can afflict smiles of all ages, and since we tend to grow more image-conscious as we grow older, straightening your teeth can have a greater impact on your confidence as an adult. Aside from pride, however, crooked and misaligned teeth can also negatively affect your bite’s proper function, possibly leading to a host of subsequent dental problems if not addressed. Your Cupertino dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, explains why dental braces can help more than your self-image, and offers a discrete solution to make straighter teeth easier to achieve.

A Straight Smile—More than Just Appealing

You may notice the visual effects of crooked or misaligned teeth, but what you don’t see is the manner in which malocclusion (a misaligned bite) affects your oral health. The design of a healthy human mouth relies on balance to evenly displace the pressure of your bite and to allow your jaw to move comfortably in the many directions assigned to it. When your teeth are crooked, this balance can be thrown out of whack, leading to extensive wear on some teeth and placing excessive stress on your jaw’s joints (TMJs) and muscles, which can lead to the severe discomfort of TMJ disorder.

The Advantage of Invisalign Over Traditional Dental Braces

Knowing the importance of straight teeth may not make the decision to wear metal braces any easier. However, taking your aesthetic concerns into consideration, Dr. LaFrom offers Invisalign clear braces—an alternative orthodontic treatment that eschews the bracket-and-wire design in favor of clear, virtually undetectable acrylic aligners. Instead of tightening wires to advance your treatment, simply change your custom-designed and fitted aligner for the next in the series. Since the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat and brush your teeth without any special care needed. Simply remove the aligners during your meals and hygiene routine, then replace them when you’ve finished. Invisalign can work for a majority of the cases that are treated with traditional metal braces. We can let you know if you are a candidate for this option.

Invisalign Clear Dental Braces at Your Cupertino Dentist’s Office

If you’re tired of crooked teeth and would like to learn more about dental braces or Invisalign, then schedule a dental consultation with your Cupertino dentist by calling LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on April 12, 2013.

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