This type of dental specialty deals mainly with treatments to correct improper bites and crooked teeth. Orthodontists can help align teeth, so your overall dental health is improved. When your teeth are crooked or impacted against each other, it becomes harder to clean them – it can also create areas where brushing is not reached and bacteria can start growing there as well as food getting stuck.
An orthodontist should be visited at an early age one all the teeth have erupted, and they are easier to straighten. The most known treatment for teeth alignment is braces. However, anyone from any age can use braces in order to get straighter teeth. Here at St. Helena Dental Group we specialize in orthodontic treatments using Invisalign and retainer for post orthodontic treatments.
The days of bulky painful braces are over! Although they are still frequently used, now technology has allowed us to move to more discreet and virtually invisible methods to get your teeth straighter. Invisalign are clear aligners that can be removed and no one will ever know you are even wearing them. They are custom made for comfort and discretion, and also they aren't made out of wire or brackets!
The way they work is by wearing the set for a couple of weeks and only remove it when you are eating or drinking and also when cleaning your teeth. As you continue the use of the aligners, your teeth will gradually shift and align each week. As time progresses, you will use around 12 to 30 sets of aligners, averaging a treatment time from six to fifteen months. You will need to visit us often so we can change the sets and adjust for the alignment to gradually continue for the duration of the treatment.
Retainers are worn after undergoing treatment with braces, and they have been removed. This form of post-orthodontic treatment will continue to improve your smile and prevent your teeth from shifting back, undoing the job of braces or aligners.
As your teeth will continue to shift, a retainer will allow them to maintain its position.
If you would like a straighter smile and you are interested in using Invisalign or retainers, give us a call at (707) 240-8099 so we can schedule you in for a checkup. You can also visit our practice at 2845 Main St. #102, St. Helena CA, 94574.