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Having orthodontic treatment done isn’t just about having straighter teeth. It’s about having a healthy smile. When you have a misaligned bite, whether from overcrowding or lost teeth leaving gaps; when your bite is aligned correctly you can benefit in many ways.

An aligned bite lowers your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, jaw problems, enamel erosion from uneven wear, and your speech and chewing problems will subside. Indeed, malocclusion invites all of these problems. This means that orthodontic treatment can improve your bite, your speech, your appearance, and your oral health.

The root of your misalignment could be derived from genetics, thumbsucking as a child, losing teeth, or even sustaining an oral injury. Like yourself, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment, in addition to those children between 8 and 13 years of age. Treatment time varies, depending on the severity of the malocclusion, and the treatment method used. One to three years is a good range to consider.

Orthodontic treatment options include traditional brackets with wires and brackets and removable clear aligners that shift the teeth. Post-treatment means you’ll be wearing a retainer to keep the teeth in their new position.

If you are ready to learn more and considering making the leap to an aligned smile, we invite you to reach out to our orthodontist, Dr. Scott Werner and our orthodontic team. We are happy to help you find a suitable treatment plan that can help you ring in the new year with a more aligned smile in the works. Just call Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. in Memphis, Tennessee, at 901-767-5415 today!