How Can I Tell When It's Time to Visit an Orthodontist?

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Consistent brushing and flossing are two of the most important habits we have when it comes to improving our oral health. However, not all dental concerns can be solved with simple brushing. Orthodontal care may be needed for adults and teenagers with crooked teeth, gaps, or other problems with misalignment.

So when should you seek orthodontic services? And what does teeth straightening involve? As a leading provider of comprehensive dental care, general dentist Dr. David Mastrostefano can perform an examination and offer orthodontic solutions like Invisalign® clear aligners in Cranston, RI. Read below to learn when to call Cranston Dental Group for your appointment.

Our orthodontic services

Cranston Dental Group wants everyone to have the opportunity to achieve a straighter and more attractive smile. This is why we offer the popular Invisalign system at our office. Invisalign clear aligners slowly guide your teeth into the correct position. Best of all, this process doesn’t involve visible metal braces or brackets. Our office is proud to offer Invisalign treatment for adults and teenagers in need of orthodontic care.

Discomfort in the teeth, gums, or jawline

Crooked teeth or an uneven bite can place unnecessary pressure on your teeth, gums, and jaw muscles, leading to chronic pain or soreness in the mouth. Pain may be more noticeable when chewing or biting down on food. Orthodontic treatment can address the source of your discomfort and eventually provide relief.

Problems speaking

An overbite or gaps in your teeth could cause some issues with articulation, meaning you may have a difficult time pronouncing certain words. This may be because your current teeth placement restricts your ability to move your mouth. Invisalign aligners can help with articulation by shifting your teeth into the right location.

Trouble chewing your food

If your upper and lower arches protrude, your teeth may rub together and make eating incredibly challenging. People who can’t chew their food completely could end up choking or suffer from digestive problems. If you miss out on eating your favorite meals because of misalignment, teeth straightening through orthodontic services make it possible to enjoy food without difficulty.

Breathing issues like sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by blocked airways or snoring while sleeping. While there is more than one cause of sleep apnea, a narrow jaw can prevent air from passing through. Orthodontic treatment may be an effective way to reshape your jaw and reduce unwanted obstructions in Cranston, RI.

Loss of confidence in your smile

Sometimes, mild cases of crooked teeth, gaps, or crowding don’t lead to any of the above problems. However, many of our patients at Cranston Dental Group do want a more confident smile. Invisalign clear aligners are the best way to improve your appearance and change your life for the better.

Straighten your smile

Our mission at Cranston Dental Group is to help patients with a wide variety of needs achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. We believe that dental work should never be intimidating or difficult, which is why general dentist Dr. David Mastrostefano works with each patient to create a custom orthodontic treatment plan. Learn more about your teeth straightening options in Cranston, RI by calling our staff for your dental assessment.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.