Orthodontics Overview

August 8, 2017 - 3 minutes read

It is too bad that so many people view orthodontics as a cosmetic or esthetic treatment alone. While there is truth that a perfectly aligned smile is esthetically appealing, that is not the only reason to obtain treatments like braces or other forms of orthodontics. At Loftus Dental in Rapid City, SD, we encourage all patients to consider the proper alignment of their smile for oral health reasons. Let’s take a bit of time to explore this issue fully.

As your preferred dentist in Rapid City, we put an emphasis on your optimal oral health and suggest twice annual cleanings and exams. At that time, we address any issues we see and keep your teeth and gums in great shape. Unfortunately, nature may not be that concerned with the issue and your smile may have issues such as an under or over bite, cross bite, widely gapped or overcrowded teeth and a bite that is misaligned with many crooked teeth.

While you might think, “so what, I can eat and speak just fine…what does it matter if my teeth are not picture perfect?” The problem is that misalignment can cause jaw issues, and typically leads to uneven wear and tear on the teeth. This means more risk for decay, chipping and breaking and oral disease. Overlapping and crowded teeth can also be very difficult to clean properly, and this can lead to chronic bad breath, gum disease and lots of tooth decay.

The good news is that there are proven solutions like metal braces or the more modern Invisalign. The latter is becoming a preferred approach to orthodontics because it involves the use of nearly invisible aligners that slide over the teeth and put them into proper alignment. Without wires or brackets, the Invisalign approach is also more comfortable, safer and just as fast and effective for many orthodontics related issues.

Now that you see the significance of orthodontics apart from a picture-perfect smile, you may want to get in touch. Whether you want the standard braces treatment or something a bit more discreet such as the Invisalign trays, we can create a fully customized plan that will give you a properly aligned and healthier smile.

Begin Perfecting Your Smile with Invisalign

If you want to get started with orthodontics, just give us a call at our Rapid City, SD office at 605-341-4521. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.