LAS VEGAS, NV – There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to get braces – beyond the obvious cosmetic benefit – and Las Vegas orthodontist Dr. David Alpan suggests the first of the year is a good time to investigate the possibility of a new smile.
So, who really needs braces? For many people, orthodontic treatment is a way of obtaining the confident smile you have long dreamed of having, Las Vegas Invisalign expert Alpan says.
“Teeth that are aligned properly will help to promote a healthy smile for a lifetime,” he says. “When you invest in orthodontic treatment at the start of the year, you have launched a future with the benefit of a beautiful smile, higher confidence and improved self-esteem.” Orthodontic treatment is about much more than just appearances, however. There are dental health issues as well that can be important to address.”Orthodontic work is also a way to correct bite issues that can have adverse effects on the manner in which you speak or chew your food,” Alpan says. “It can lead to other oral health problems, as well.”
During an initial, free orthodontic consultation at Alpan‘s Las Vegas orthodontics office, several issues will be looked for that could indicate a need for treatment. They include:
- Protruding upper teeth.
- Open bite: With this, you are able to stick your tongue between the upper and lower front teeth when the back teeth are together.
- Crossbite: When upper back teeth fit inside the lower teeth, instead of outside.
- Over-jet or a deep bite: This is when upper teeth cover more than one millimeter of the lower teeth.
- Underbite: When upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth and the lower jaw protrudes farther than the upper jaw.
- Spacing: Also known as gaps – these can occur between upper or lower teeth.
- Crowding: When there is not enough room for teeth, which causes overlap or teeth that are too close together.
- Front teeth alignment: The space where the two upper front teeth and the two lower front teeth meet should line up, and be in alignment with the bridge of the nose. When they do not, it usually is because the teeth have drifted, because the lower jaw has shifted. This results in an improper bite.
The Las Vegas invisible braces professional says when looking at new resolutions for 2011, he urges patients to consider getting a consultation so they can learn if they could benefit from treatment. Alpan, who founded Aesthetic Orthodontics, says an investment in a gorgeous, healthy smile is a solid investment in each patient’s future.
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