Should You Consider Orthodontics?

Did you know that uneven smiles not only impact our smile’s appearance, but our oral health as well? In order to correct misalignment, we may suggest orthodontics. In addition to metal braces, we may also suggest clear aligners and other options to correct smiles and improve oral health. When should residents of Gary, IN, consider orthodontic treatment?

The Dangers of an Uneven Smiles

How does misalignment impact our smile’s health? Well, crooked and crowded teeth often make brushing and flossing the teeth properly a difficult task. As a result, food particles can become trapped between the teeth and increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The pressure uneven smiles place on the jaw joints could also boost the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), which causes a host of uncomfortable symptoms and also increases the risk of dental damage. By correcting the issue, we improve your smile’s beauty while also boosting overall oral health.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces enable our team to correct your smile’s alignment. We attach metal brackets to the front facing sides of the teeth. We then connect them with a thin metal arch wire. During periodic visits, we will adjust the tension in the orthodontics, gradually repositioning the teeth. The amount of time the treatment will take depends on the cause and extent of your misalignment, with some patients obtaining a more even smile after 18 months to 2 years. We also employ clear plastic aligners, which will be practically invisible and correct uneven smiles without impacting your overall appearance, making them a great choice for some teen and adult patients. We also have teeth spacers and retainers, all of which help people of all ages enjoy even and healthier smiles!

Long-Term Benefits

Following treatment, many patients feel much more confident in their smile’s appearance, eager to show off their newly straightened smile. In addition, thy also enjoy a reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism developing is also less likely. Over time, you will enjoy better oral health and have a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth, improving oral hygiene. If you have any questions about treating misalignment, or about our braces and aligners, then contact our team today. Let’s work together to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a better overall smile!

Ready to Try Braces?

We want to use orthodontics to help you enjoy a straighter and healthier smile. To schedule an appointment to discuss our orthodontic treatment options and other dental care solutions, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.