Do I Need Braces?

Posted: October 15, 2022

Beautiful woman with dental braces on redBraces treat malocclusion, the medical name for bite irregularities that prevent the teeth from aligning properly. An issue often treated during childhood or the early teen years, it is becoming more common for adults to seek this treatment as well.

At The Smile Center, we are pleased to offer several orthodontic options, including Invisalign®, to address the issue of malocclusion at any stage of life. If you suspect you might benefit from treatment, we encourage you to get in touch and schedule a consultation today.

What Do Braces Do?

The primary purpose of braces and similar orthodontic treatments is to help straighten crooked teeth and fix a misaligned bite. Traditional braces use brackets and archwire to pull teeth into their optimal alignment over the course of several months. For teens and children, this may be accomplished in as few as 18 months. However, adults may take up to three years to achieve a straight smile using the traditional method.

Alternatives, such as Invisalign, utilize a series of aligners that gently push teeth into ideal alignment. This process is often faster, less intrusive, and more appealing to older individuals. Though it may not be suitable for more pronounced malocclusions. We are a Silver Invisalign Provider and have the background and experience necessary to help you determine if this treatment is right for you.

When you come to The Smile Centre for your orthodontic treatment, our experienced team will evaluate your bite issues, discuss all of your options, and help you choose the best solution for your needs.

It’s National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, a time to destigmatize orthodontic treatment and highlight its many benefits. These include a straighter, more attractive smile, but are not limited to aesthetics alone. Fixing misalignment can help improve certain breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, and may help to prevent neuromuscular issues, such as TMJ. Moreover, treating misalignment can improve comfort and create ideal symmetry between your smile and surrounding facial features.

We are proud to offer the safest and most effective orthodontic options to patients living in Sarasota and all nearby areas of Florida. If you are struggling with bite irregularities or would like to learn about alternatives to traditional orthodontics, please call The Smile Centre at 941-351-4468 to schedule a consultation today.