An effective way to cosmetically enhance the appearance of crooked, misaligned and crowded teeth are orthodontics in Elgin. Not only do misaligned or crowded teeth affect the appearance of your smile, but they can also affect how your teeth function.
This is because cleaning hard-to-reach areas becomes increasingly difficult. As a result, those hard to clean areas can lead to tooth decay. And, when tooth decay goes untreated, it can develop into a periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss.
Types of Orthodontics in Elgin
At Karr and Blazer Dental, we offer multiple treatment options to help you achieve a beautiful smile with healthy teeth. While many people associate orthodontics with children, people of all ages are benefitting from cosmetic orthodontic options in Elgin such as:
- Metal braces: These braces use metal brackets to hold a thin wire in place that puts pressure on the teeth to move them to the desired place over time.
- Ceramic braces: This alternative to metal braces involves the use of tooth-colored—or clear—ceramic orthodontic brackets to appear more natural.
- Lingual braces: Also known as “non-visible” braces, lingual braces are mounted to the backside of your teeth.
- Invisible braces: Popularized by brands like Invisalign and ClearCorrect, these braces use a series of custom-made plastic aligners to cosmetically enhance smiles.
Orthodontic devices like these are worn to correct any number of dental or facial abnormalities such as malocclusion, TMJ, crowded teeth and abnormal spacing between teeth. In these cases, there is a clear dental need for orthodontics in Elgin. In other cases, patients may simply want to improve the cosmetic appearance of their teeth.
Contact Dr. Karr and Dr. Blazer, our dentists in Elgin, for more information on orthodontics and to find out if you are a candidate for one of these options.