A moderate to severe over or underbite can dramatically impact the performance and function of your teeth, not to mention the aesthetics of your smile. Underbites are less common than overbites and can cause jaw aches and make it difficult to chew food properly. Meanwhile, most people have a certain degree of an overbite, classified as your upper teeth extending more than two millimeters over your bottom teeth. However, cases of excessive overbite can cause chewing difficulties as well. In fact, individuals with overbites are also more likely to bite their cheeks while chewing, which can cause extensive scarring and soreness over time.
The traditional orthodontic treatment for misaligned teeth uses metal brackets and wires to shift teeth back into their proper position by applying constant pressure. However, while today’s clear aligner therapy has similar principles, it uses removable, virtually invisible appliances called “aligners” instead of cumbersome and unattractive wires and brackets. And while not all misalignments can be corrected with aligners, many patients’ bite issues can be resolved with this technique.
The aligners are made of a smooth, clear, non-toxic plastic that allows you to show your smile without showing anything else, unlike conspicuous metal braces. Both adults and teens appreciate the aesthetic benefits these aligners provide with teeth straightening.
The design of these aligners allows you to straighten your teeth while comfortably taking them out for cleaning and eating. Features such as these make it easier for patients to stick to treatment while enjoying all their favorite foods, such as popcorn, without worrying about the hassle of getting food stuck in their metal braces. However, you should still brush and floss after every meal.
A patient will usually wear the aligners for the daily recommended time. Dr. William Proffitt advises wearing them for at least 22 hours each day and in the correct order.
Let’s look at a summary of the advantages clear aligner therapy has over traditional braces:
Dr. William Proffitt and his team are ready to help you achieve your best smile. Contact Proffitt Dentistry to schedule your consultation and begin your journey today. You can reach us at (865) 432-0804, and our office is located at 811 High Street, Maryville, TN.
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