Your smile is more than just a facial feature. Your smile is one of the first thing people notice when meeting you for the first time. It communicates about you to the world - quirky or serious, shy or confident, mischievious or well-behaved. Your smile impacts everything from your daily workplace interactions to your social interactions with friends and family. Unfortunately, not all people are comfortable with their smile. If you currently don't have perfect teeth, you don't have to hide your smile. Your dentist in Fort Lauderdale, FL has many treatment options to help you achieve your best smile.
What Is Malocclusion?
Malocclusion means having crooked, or misaligned, teeth. It also refers to the way the upper teeth and lower teeth come together. Malocclusion is often perceived simply a cosmetic problem; however, misaligned teeth can be more difficult to keep clean with daily brushing and flossing leading to tooth decay. Crooked teeth can also have a detrimental affect on your self-esteem. Fortunately, this common dental problem can easily be treated using a variety of dental treatments like traditional braces, clear aligners (such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect, or Smart Moves) or dental crowns. Schedule a consultation with the best dentist in Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale by the Sea to discuss what treatment option is best for you.
There are varying degrees of malocclusion and symptoms may range from subtle to severe. Typically patient's with malocclusion have:
- improperly aligned teeth
- changes to your facial appearance
- frequent biting of your inner cheeks or tongue
- discomfort when chewing or biting
- speech changes, including the development of a lisp
- breathing through your mouth rather than your nose
What Causes Malocclusion?
In children and teens, malocclusion is usually caused by too much or too little room on the jaw. With a small jaw, teeth may not have proper room and may become crowded and grow in crooked. With too much space on the jaw, the teeth may drift apart. Regular twice yearly dental check-ups with your dentist on Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale are important so your dentist can monitor your child's teeth and recommend the appropriate orthodontic treatment at the right time.
How can clear aligners help?
Dental technology has seen rapid progression in the last few decades. The invention of and advancement of technology around clear aligners has simplified the treatment of malocclusion. Clear aligners are "clearly" better than traditional braces because there are no unsightly wire brackets to attach to your teeth or wires and rubber bands to poke and snap on you. You simply wear a comfortable medical grade plastic tray which is replaced every few weeks. Clear aligners such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect have many advantages over traditional braces used to correct malocclusion.
- They are clear so they hardly noticeable when being worn.
- They are removeable for eating and cleaning your teeth.
- They are comfortable.
- There are no dietary restrictions as with traditional bracket braces.
- There are no wires to poke your mouth like traditional bracket braces.
- They are excellent for adults who want to discreetly straighten their teeth.
If you are ready for a new smile in the new year, contact Excellence in Dentistry by calling 954-928-1666. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nancy Rotroff or Dr. Gerard Wasselle to discuss how clear aligners can help straighten your teeth discreetly and comfortably. Come see what sets our cosmetic dentistry practice apart. When you walk through our front door, you are greeted by friendly staff. We use the latest in dental technologies and materials to provide our patients the best dental care. Our dentists have the highest level of training and experience. Our office is conveniently located at 2480 E. Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderale.