Unleash your healthiest, most stunning smile through teeth straightening
An accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Troy A. Schmedding, has taken a special interest in aesthetic procedures designed to recapture the beauty of his patients’ smiles. The positions and alignment of the teeth play an important role in the overall appearance of your smile. Teeth straightening, a procedure available at Family Dentistry of Walnut Creek, also plays an important role in your oral health.
Overly crowded teeth, for instance, are difficult to clean properly. When food and bacteria get caught between hard-to-clean spaces, this situation promotes the development of destructive plaque and tartar. This bacterial plaque film and its hardened form irritate gummy tissue and erode teeth.
Fortunately, there are many orthodontic options at our office to beautify your smile and to prevent the leading causes of tooth loss: dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
Patients with minor spacing issues, such as gaps between teeth can benefit from veneers. This treatment is designed to replace protective enamel and to disguise imperfections, including excess spaces. Direct veneers are made from a composite resin that is applied directly to the teeth and shaped by your dentist to cover up gaps. Indirect veneers are typically made from porcelain. This “covering” is then securely bonded to the front surface of a tooth, which has been slightly reduced to make room for the veneer.
Instead of silver-hued fixed braces, clear aligners can effectively and precisely reposition crowded and crooked teeth. These transparent oral appliances resemble retainers or nightguards and slip over your teeth. They place consistent, gentle force on the teeth to gradually realign them. Aligner systems such as Invisalign® can be removed for ease of cleaning and eating. Wear as instructed by Dr. Schmedding to assure your treatment stays on track.
Rethink your perception of braces. Today’s braces are lightweight and made from tooth-colored brackets and wires. So, they are more comfortable and discreet than their earlier-generation counterparts.
Still, other alternatives include interceptive orthodontics and exercises to proactively address the effects of habits like thumb-sucking on pediatric patients’ oral development. We encourage you to contact us sooner rather than later to get you or your child in a healthy routine of regular visits. The longer you go without addressing conditions such as bite problems, the greater the risk of developing serious complications that threaten the health of your smile and your overall wellness.