• December 1, 2015

The New Year is a good time to think about things you would like to change and things you would like to improve in your life.

You may want to run your first 5K or your first marathon. You may want to start eating better. You may want to learn to play a musical instrument or try to learn a new language.

Or maybe you would like to fix your teeth. Whether you spend you time in classrooms or boardrooms, Brandon Family Dental in Ortonville has an orthodontic solution that can get you on the road to a straighter teeth.

And depending on which orthodontic option you choose, you could have your new smile in time for next new year.

Not just braces

When you think about orthodontics, you probably think about braces. That’s understandable.

If you are a teenager, you probably have friends who are wearing braces right now. If you are an adult, you probably remember friends who had braces.

And that’s still an option today.

Braces are a tried-and-true means to achieve a straighter smile. The brackets attach to your teeth, and the wires pull and push your teeth into a more visually pleasing alignment.

For parents, you may want to consider preventive orthodontics for your children.

Preventive orthodontics may be used before your child is old enough for braces. If your family comes to Brandon Family Dental for their routine care, we will monitor your teeth for any changes. If we notice your children’s teeth are coming in the wrong way, we may be able to take steps that will minimize their orthodontic treatment when they become teenagers.

If you are an adult, you have probably noticed that adult orthodontics are more common today than they have ever been. Even so, you may not feel comfortable wearing braces.

As an alternative, we offer Invisalign. This has sometimes been called clear braces, but in reality, it’s something a little different.

Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners to gently push your teeth into a new position. Instead of making adjustments to your brackets and wires, you replace your aligner every couple weeks. With each new aligner, you know that your teeth are a little closer to being straight.

No matter your age, no matter your issue, we are confident that one of our orthodontic services can give you the smile that your want.

Why you should consider orthodontics

Our patients can benefit from wearing braces or Invisalign retainers for a number of reasons.

The first and most obvious reason is the cosmetic benefit of straight teeth. We all know that straight teeth look better.

You may have crooked teeth. You may have teeth that are crowded together. You may have gaps between some of your teeth. You may have an overbite, an underbite, a crossbite, or an open bite.

Orthodontics can fix all of these problems.

Those problems also lead us into one of the other benefits of orthodontics. Any of the teeth alignment issues we mentioned can cause you to feel embarrassed about your teeth. This can hurt your self-confidence. That could make it harder for you to apply for a job, seek a promotion, or ask someone out on a date.

With orthodontics, we can straighten your teeth and improve your self-esteem at the same time.

Most people think of the cosmetic benefits of straight teeth, but you should know that straight teeth are healthier, too.

People with crowded or crooked teeth may have more difficulty getting their teeth clean. Even if they brush and floss daily, they may not be able to access certain spaces between their teeth and gums. Those spaces are perfect hiding spots for bacteria, which can lead to plaque, when can lead to tartar, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Teeth that are straight are easier to clean with your daily oral hygiene routine. Also, they are easier for your dentist or hygienist to clean and examine when you come to our office for your routine care.

As you can see, orthodontics aren’t just about looks. They also may help your feel better mentally and physically.

Got questions?

If you are an adult considering orthodontics, a parent of a child who may need orthodontic care, or a teenager who is preparing for orthodontics, we welcome you to contact or stop by our dentist office in Ortonville. You can reach us by calling 248-469-0218.

If you are new to the area or just looking for a dentist, we look forward to meeting new patients, too.