Crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth are more than just aesthetic issues. They can also be harder to clean, putting you at a higher risk for tooth decay and oral infections. These days, you have more options for straightening your pearly whites than just traditional braces; at Dentistry on the Ponds, we also offer clear aligners that are more convenient for image-conscious professionals. Discover the perfect way to straighten your smile today by calling our dental office to schedule a consultation to explore your options for orthodontics in Chanhassen, MN!
Invisalign Clear Aligners
For adults and older teenagers whose teeth or bite are mildly to moderately misaligned, we often recommend Invisalign clear aligners. These plastic trays gently reposition your teeth without being obvious when worn, so you don’t need to alter your appearance in the process. You’ll essentially wear the aligners at all times except when brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking (except for plain water). This means you can eat and perform daily oral hygiene without braces getting in the way.
Children, as well as older patients with severely misaligned teeth or an unbalanced bite (such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite), will probably benefit more from traditional braces. This tried-and-true method can make more dramatic changes than Invisalign. It involves threading a metal archwire through a series of brackets that are bonded to the front of each tooth. The wire gradually moves back toward its original shape, shifting the teeth into more evenly aligned positions.