Crooked and misaligned teeth can wreak havoc on your oral health. Although most people who are seeking to straighten their teeth think of crooked teeth as an aesthetic issue, the truth is that when your teeth are misaligned, they are much more challenging to keep clean, which sets the stage for bacteria, decay, and periodontal disease.

Misaligned teeth also affect the way your teeth come together – your bite. When your teeth aren’t aligned properly, you may unconsciously compensate by clenching and grinding them, which leads to jaw pain and tooth erosion. Misaligned teeth can also lead to excessive force against the opposing teeth, which could eventually cause cracks or abfractions (notching in the enamel).

While other orthodontic techniques have been developed, braces are still incredibly effective. In fact, in certain situations, they are the only appropriate solution for straightening teeth and resolving a problem with the bite.

Today’s braces are more discrete than they used to be. The brackets are smaller, and the wires are slimmer. Additionally, both brackets and wires can now be designed that blend in with the color of your teeth, which allows the braces to be “camouflaged” and less noticeable.

Your family dentists in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, Drs. Seth and Dari Shapiro, offer orthodontic treatment to both adults and kids. We recognize the differences in treating both groups and have plenty of experience with a variety of alignment issues. Having your orthodontic treatment at the same office where you receive your routine dentistry simplifies treatment and eliminates issues with communication between providers. We will be able to track your progress every step of the way and keep your teeth clean and healthy throughout your treatment.

To schedule your orthodontic evaluation, please call either our Boca Raton or West Palm Beach dental office today. We look forward to helping you have a happier, healthier smile!