Crooked teeth are not only a cosmetic concern — they can also lead to oral and health related issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, difficulty chewing, and chronic headaches. At Park West Dental, our staff detects potential alignment issues early on, in order to protect your overall health and quality of life. After we diagnose a teeth-alignment issue, we’ll then identify the best method of teeth straightening–otherwise known as Orthodontics.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects a vast array of dental conditions, such as crowding, protruding/poorly spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and other misalignments. Drs. Drake and Jacobson have extensive experience realigning crooked, overlapping, and gapped teeth using orthodontics, and they can prevent potentially serious problems from occurring. This allows the patient to receive convenient treatment from their dentists, and potentially avoid the inconvenience of having to be referred to an orthodontist.
Park West Dental ’s Orthodontics
The term “orthodontics” most likely evokes images of silver and gray wired braces attached to a teenager’s teeth, along with an endless number of trips to the orthodontist. But modern-day orthodontics allow us to provide some teeth straightening orthodontic treatments — most of which are clear or nearly invisible — along with routine, restorative, and cosmetic care. We offer two great solutions: Invisalign® and Fastbraces®.
How Long Does It Take to Straighten Teeth?
At Park West Dental, we have many teeth straightening solutions available for patients of all ages, whether you’re a child, a teen, or an adult! We specialize in using solutions that are nearly invisible. These methods can significantly change your alignment in as little as six months. The time it will take to straighten your teeth largely depends on the severity of your condition.
What are Invisible Braces?
Like an orthodontist, we are able to straighten your smile with tooth-straightening systems that are nearly invisible, such as Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Both of these systems use clear materials (i.e., clear brackets and wiring, and removable aligners) that are discreet and comfortable.
Does Everyone Need Braces?
No. Only patients with misalignment problems need to wear braces. The best way to find out if you or your child will need braces is to call and set up an appointment for a consultation with Drs. Drake and Jacobson.
For more information about our orthodontics, call 208.932.4607 to schedule a consultation with our Idaho Falls, ID dental office, and take one step closer to a straighter smile today!