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Did you know that getting your teeth straightened can be a form of restorative dentistry? This is because restorative dentistry seeks to restore or bring your smile to a more perfect state. Crooked teeth can become straight, which in turn starts to relieve the burdens of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and other oral health problems. If you want to restore your smile once more, see what our 4 different orthodontic options can do for you!

 

Why Is Your Smile Important?

Some patients don’t realize just how important a smile really is. Studies show that your smile is one of the first things another person will notice about you. Is that smile showing that you are healthy and confident? Or do you hide your smile because of crooked teeth, discoloration or other aspects you don’t like? When a smile looks good, studies show that people often feel more confident and they exude that confidence much easier. A better smile can lead a person to be more social and confident to pursue successful endeavors.

 

It’s not only what a smile does for a person themself that’s important. How your smile looks to others also will determine a lot about how successful you are. The makes of the orthodontic appliance Invisalign conducted a study about smiles, and what they found was quite amazing:

  • 1/3rd of people notice a person’s smile before any other feature.
  • Those who have a straighter, more beautiful smile are 45% more likely to get a job over a competitor with a crooked or discolored smile.
  • Your smile can send messages about how healthy you are and how happy you seem. When that smile is straighter and more beautiful, others will see you as 21% more likely to be healthier and 47% happier.
  • 73% of people are more likely to trust you at first glance if you have a better smile.
  • You’re 58% more likely to be perceived as wealthy and 57% more likely to get a date if you have a great smile.

 

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What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Your teeth will determine most of how good your oral health. When you eat, sugars in the food you eat mix with mouth bacteria. That creates plaque, or that sticky, acidic substance that coats your teeth. Over time, if proper oral hygiene habits aren’t observed, the teeth will change colors and decay. This happens much easier to the teeth if they are crooked. That’s because it’s harder to clean between the teeth if there is no way to get floss through crooked teeth.

 

Restorative dentistry seeks to restore smiles that are crooked or damaged through decay or gum disease (a disease to the gums that happens just like tooth decay). This form of dentistry consists of dental services such as teeth whitening, same-day crowns, root canal therapy and tooth-colored fillings. There are many dental patients that will get dental veneers—also known as “porcelain veneers”—to restore their smile. This is a dental service where the top layer of your teeth is taken off and replaced with a perfect, white tooth shell. However, once that part of your natural tooth is taken off, you can’t get that natural part back. Porcelain veneers do make your smile look beautiful, but they don’t change your crooked teeth or oral health issues underneath.

 

Fixing the Problem with Orthodontic Treatment

Fixing the problem permanently is a great solution to getting a beautiful smile and reducing your problems with tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and more. Straighter smiles are ones that are easier to clean and ones that look attractive and healthy. Plus, once you straighten your smile with orthodontic treatment, it can stay that way for life. Orthodontics is different than dentistry, but is absolutely important to your oral health.

 

Dentists will fix problems with tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment and restorative dentistry through those braces can help prevent problems in the first place. Plus, orthodontic braces are able to correct bite and alignment issues that are caused by misaligned bites and jaws. Those issues can cause speech and development problems without intervention. Without orthodontic treatment, other restorative dentistry methods can only do so much.

 

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Restorative Dentistry for You

Our easiest method of restorative dentistry for teens and adults is through Invisalign treatment. This option works just as well as our lingual braces, ceramic braces and traditional metal braces. However, with Invisalign, the focus is on aesthetics as well as straightening. We want you to have a beautiful smile as you straighten, and Invisalign is a great way to achieve that.

 

Invisalign is a orthodontic treatment that is designed to be virtually unnoticeable on your teeth. Patients have their teeth digitally scanned in-office and a treatment plan is made for them, mapping out how orthodontic treatment will transform their smile in 18 months or less. Often, patients can straighten their smile in 1/3rd of that time, depending on the condition of the teeth, bite and alignment. Less office visits are typically needed for this type of restorative dentistry.

 

You simply wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day (and overnight), and by switching out the aligners each week, your teeth shift into a straight smile over time. The benefit of this restorative dentistry option is that you are actually fixing the root cause of oral health problems. Crooked teeth cause tooth decay and gum disease to worsen, but you avoid that with a straight smile. With other restorative dentistry options (such as teeth whitening or veneers), you will still have the crooked teeth (although masked), and possibly the dental problems. Avoid all that while still getting a beautiful smile with Invisalign. If you want to learn more about this restorative dentistry option for adults and teens, contact Belmar Orthodontics today at (303) 225-9016!

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Let transparent aligners work their magic and straighten your teeth without metal brackets! The orthodontists at Belmar Orthodontics can offer you the versatility of Invisalign treatments to straighten your teeth and give you something to smile about. Many people will have braces during their lifetime, but many others will opt not to have them because they don’t want a mouth full of metal. Maybe you are a professional in the workplace and can’t imagine attending work or events because of your braces. Whether you’re a teen wanting to straighten your smile or an adult that wants more confidence, Invisalign treatment may be right for you. Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner system developed to help straighten your teeth, but with the freedom and ability to remove the aligners when you want or need to. The best part…they’re invisible! Check out what Invisalign can do for you and why this teeth-straightening system is becoming more and more popular.

 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a transparent aligner system developed to give adults and adolescents more options when it comes to straightening their teeth. According to the makers of Invisalign themselves, their transparent aligners have been found to be the most advanced orthodontic system you can find. A mold is taken of your teeth just as it would be for traditional metal braces. Those molds then go to a special lab where transparent, sturdy aligners will be custom-made for your mouth over the course of your treatment. You will go through a series of transparent aligners (usually 18-30 depending on your mouth and individual straightening needs) that will be sent to you. These will gradually shift your teeth until they are aligned perfectly. The transparent aligners are designed to correct problems with crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite and deep bite as well.

With any straightening system, the teeth need to have light pressure enacted on them pretty constantly for teeth to come into proper position. You will wear your custom aligners for 20-22 hours a day for 2-3 weeks at a time. Then you will receive new transparent aligners to gently move your teeth into an even straighter position. Repeat that a few times and viola! Your teeth will be straight. Most patients only need the transparent aligners for 9-15 months, and the time to straighter teeth with Invisalign can sometimes be less than traditional braces would take to straighten.

 

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Studies show that of the millions of people in the U.S. with braces, about 25% of them are adults. If you are a teen looking for options besides traditional braces, or a more professional-looking option for teeth straightening as an adult, Invisalign is your best choice for incognito straightening. Invisalign is a highly popular option with adults, as they can straighten their teeth without anyone else knowing, which is especially beneficial in the workplace. If you opt for Invisalign, you will still be able to keep your oral hygiene regime simple and manageable without worrying about meticulously cleaning metal brackets. If you are a teen looking into Invisalign, one of the best perks Invisalign can give you is less time and hassle with cleaning. Invisalign aligners can easily be removed, are easier to clean, and typically require less office visits, saving you time when you’re on the go.  If you want a straighter smile without any added stress in your life, the transparent aligners the Invisalign system utilizes may be right for you.

 

How Do I Benefit from Invisalign?

Studies have shown that those who have straighter teeth tend to be more confident in their day-to-day life, especially in their interactions with others. Those with straighter teeth are perceived by their peers and coworkers as more successful, confident, trustworthy and attractive. Studies show that a straighter smile can even land you a job quicker compared to someone who has a crooked smile. There are many amazing benefits to a straight set of pearly whites, and all lead to greater success in home, school and professional life. If for no other reason than aesthetic appeal, Invisalign is your top choice for transforming your smile discreetly while living your life normally. The average patient satisfaction rate tops the scales at around 96% of patients highly satisfied with their transparent aligners Invisalign treatment. The average time for straightening is about 1 year in most users, which is typically less than the average traditional braces wearer (also a plus).

Invisalign is a tried-and-true method for straightening teeth discreetly and at your leisure. Whether you’re a first-timer with braces or just want to get your smile a little bit straighter, Invisalign might be right for you. The transparent aligners we offer can give you the confidence you seek while shaping the straight, beautiful smile you desire. Call Belmar Orthodontics today at (303) 225-9016 for your free consultation or to learn more about our teeth straightening options. A brighter, straighter smile is just a simple phone call away!