How Orthodontic Care Can Help Your Smile
By Garner Family Dentistry
August 07, 2018
Category: Oral Health

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Sure, having crooked teeth or gaps in your smile can make you feel self-conscious, but did you know that having a misaligned smile couldorthodontics also increase your chances for decay and wear and tear? To prevent this, many people turn to our Mount Pleasant, SC, family dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, for help.

So, can orthodontic care help you? Well, it’s possible if you are dealing with any of these common dental issues:

  • Overcrowding
  • Spaces/gaps between teeth
  • Malocclusions (“bad bites” such as overbites, underbites, and open bites)
  • Crooked or twisted teeth

Getting orthodontic treatment can do more than just improve the look of your smile and boost your confidence; it also has the ability to improve your overall oral health, too. As we mentioned earlier, teeth that are crooked or overlapping one another make it difficult to clean thoroughly, which means that plaque is more likely to build up in these areas and increase the risk for decay.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, if your teeth aren’t properly aligned it can lead to excessive wear and tear on certain teeth. This not only erodes the teeth and makes them significantly shorter but it can also increase the chances for cracks, chips, and fractures in your teeth. Luckily, by getting braces from our Mount Pleasant dentist as soon as possible, you could prevent these issues from happening.

At what age should you schedule an orthodontic consultation?

It’s always a good rule of thumb to have your child visit a dentist an orthodontic consultation by the time they turn 7 years old. Even if they still have some baby teeth remaining, it’s a good time for a dentist to see how their teeth fit together and whether there are issues to correct.

Of course, we know that there are a lot of teens and adults out there that also didn’t have the opportunity to get braces when they were younger. That’s okay! It’s never too late to get braces. In fact, there are many options available to teens and adults including porcelain (tooth-colored) traditional braces and even nearly invisible orthodontic aligners (e.g. Invisalign).

Say “cheese”! You’ll feel confident hearing those words and won’t shy away from the camera once you get the smile you know you deserve. Why not let that moment be now? Call Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, today to schedule your orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Cynthia Garner.