If you have recently been told you or your family could benefit from orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering why. At Harper Dental, we believe orthodontic treatment is one of the best ways to achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile! The following information can help you better understand who is need of treatment, and why it is so important!
Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?
The goal of professional orthodontics is to straighten teeth, improve your oral health, and provide a more esthetically-pleasing smile. People in need of orthodontic treatment often have a malocclusion, or misaligned bite. We may also recommend treatment to correct crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth.
Many of these issues can cause significant problems for your long-term oral health. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, resulting in tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss. A malocclusion can also place unnecessary strain on the teeth and jaw, leading to premature enamel wear, fractures, and TMJ disorders. At Harper Dental, we pride ourselves on serving the Fort Smith community with the latest, safest, and most effective orthodontic treatments available today.
Traditional braces are perhaps the most common type of orthodontic treatment. At Harper Dental, we specialize in traditional braces, as well as some other straightening appliances. If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, we can help you determine which orthodontic appliance is most appropriate.
Crooked teeth not only affect the aesthetics of your smile, but they can also be detrimental to your oral health. For instance, crowded teeth can be much more difficult to properly clean, leaving you at a greater risk for developing tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Luckily, people in need of orthodontic care have more options than ever before. At Harper Dental, we specialize in clear aligner treatment. The clear aligner system is designed for patients who want a discrete and effective alternative to traditional metal braces.
Our team at Harper Dental is very concerned with the proper alignment of our patients' teeth. In cases where teeth are misaligned, the quality of a person's life is often diminished. Crooked teeth can interfere with proper chewing of food and cause strain to the muscles, teeth, and jaws. It can also make cleaning of teeth more difficult as surfaces are at odd angles. This results in poor oral hygiene that then increases the risk of developing problems such as cavities and tooth decay.
Professional orthodontics can drastically improve your life. Besides the obvious cosmetic benefits, a straighter, more beautiful smile can also promote better oral health and prevent potential problems. However, it is important to protect your financial investment and time commitment after we correct your smile.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about our orthodontic services, our team is happy to help! Call (479) 431-0280 to schedule a consultation appointment today!
5422 Euper Ln, Fort Smith, AR