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Are you unhappy with your smile? Spacing and bite issues not only affect the way you look but also impact your ability to chew and orthodonticsspeak. The Romeoville, IL, dentists at Valley View Dental explain how you can benefit from orthodontics.

Why is orthodontic treatment important?

A straighter smile can boost your self-esteem and help you feel more confident when you meet new people. Orthodontic treatment also offers important oral health benefits. Braces are frequently recommended if you have a bite problem. “Bite” refers to the way your upper and lower teeth meet. When your teeth don’t fit together perfectly, you may experience a variety of problems, including enamel erosion, cuts in your mouth, gum disease, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Braces gradually realign your teeth, improve your appearance and correct your bite.

What issues can be corrected with orthodontic treatment?

Braces are an excellent option if your teeth overlap or if there are large spaces between them, but they also offer the ideal way to treat overbites and underbites. Overbites occur when your top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth, while the opposite problem occurs if you have an underbite.

Orthodontic treatment is also very effective in correcting open bites and crossbites. When you have an open bite, you’ll notice that some of your upper teeth don’t touch your lower teeth when you close your mouth. A crossbite occurs when you have alignment problems with both your upper and lower teeth. Braces are also a good choice if your teeth have shifted as you have gotten older.

What types of braces are available in Romeoville, IL?

Traditional braces use wires attached to metal or ceramic brackets to reposition teeth. Adjusting the wires gradually changes the position of your teeth. Lingual braces work the same way, but the wires and brackets are attached to the backs of your teeth.

If you prefer a less noticeable orthodontic option, you may want to consider Invisalign. The system uses a series of clear aligner trays to realign your teeth instead of the usual wires-and-brackets method. The removable aligners are custom designed for you in our Naperville-Plainfield or Romeoville offices and are worn for one week before being replaced with a new set.

Orthodontics can give you the smile you deserve. Call Valley View Dental at the Romeoville, IL, office (815) 372-0100 to schedule an appointment.