Many people believe that the only reason to undergo orthodontic treatment is to get a better-looking smile. Having straight teeth can mean having a healthier smile. Teeth that are straight and align properly with the opposite jaw are less likely to develop chips, cracks, or uneven wear. In addition, straight teeth are easier to keep clean because you can brush and floss your teeth more effectively, lessening the chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
At our West Covina, CA dental clinic, we offer both traditional orthodontics as well as clear braces. The best option for you will depend on the current issues with your smile, your age, and your smile goals.
With traditional orthodontics, we utilize the usual metal wires and brackets to straighten teeth. With clear braces, clear plastic aligners will gently nudge the teeth into the proper position.
Clear braces are usually more appropriate for older teens and adults. They do require compliance if you are to reach your smile goals, so they must be worn for at least 22 hours each day. Patients remove the aligners for eating and cleaning their teeth, so there are no food restrictions, and oral care is easy.