Crooked Teeth: Malocclusion or Just Cosmetic?
If you want to correct the alignment of your teeth, it’s important to understand that there are two different types of misalignment. Malocclusion is when your teeth don’t fit together properly, which can interfere with chewing and even just holding your jaw in a comfortable position. Cosmetic misalignment may not look attractive, but it doesn’t interfere with the function of your teeth.
Which type of misalignment you have will determine which treatment is right for you.
Smilefast™ is a new form of short term orthodontics that utilizes advances in computer imaging and planning to maximize the speed and accuracy of your orthodontic treatment.
Smilefast is not just short term orthodontics — it’s high tech orthodontics. The system uses advanced digital imaging, computerized planning and fabrication, and the proven effectiveness of braces to get your smile straightened quickly and accurately.
Six Month Smiles™
Six Month Smiles™ is a variation on traditional braces that is designed to give you a straighter, more attractive smile in–you guessed it–six months, rather than the year or years that treatment with traditional braces require.
It accomplishes this by focusing on moving only your front teeth to correct cosmetic misalignment, and leaving the molars, which are harder and slower to move, in place.
Clear Braces—the Simpli5™ System
Clear braces do not use the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces. Instead, they move your teeth using clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, similar to sports mouthguards. The Simpli5™ system uses just 5 aligners that you wear for about a month, about 20 hours a day, to correct cosmetic misalignment in just 5 months.
Retainers and Orthodontic Relapse
All orthodontic treatments require the use of a retainer to maintain results. Without a retainer, your teeth will revert to their previous position or even a more crooked one. How often and how long you have to wear your retainer depends on your teeth. Initially, you may have to wear it every night, but you may later be able to switch to less frequent use.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.