It used to be a common cliché for braces to be used for teenagers who had misaligned teeth or an awkward smile. In recent years, more and more adults are embracing the idea of having braces installed on their teeth to improve the alignment of their teeth and the appearance of their smile.
Even if your teeth were once perfectly aligned, there are still things that can affect their positions. Changes in jaw shape or structure as you age can cause minor alignment issues as well as the loss of one or more teeth. If a tooth is extracted or otherwise lost to untreated tooth decay, it can cause other teeth in your mouth to twist or move toward the void that is caused by the lost tooth.
At the same time, if you had underbite or overbite issues when you were young that were not corrected, it could cause other complications. The misalignment in your bite pattern can make several teeth in your mouth prone to chips or fractures.
If you have minor alignment issues with your smile, it is possible to use a removable style of clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign® to gradually adjust your teeth in as little as six to eight weeks. Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of clear, plastic aligners that are tuned to bring you one step closer to your ideal smile.
If you are interested in exploring your realignment options in Austin, Texas, you should call Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS at 512-258-6683 to see how braces can improve the alignment of your teeth. Your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson, is happy to help you!