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Orthodontics Specialist

Alpine Dental & Wellness

Family, Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Monroe, WA

Many people struggle with misalignment issues in their mouth, like overbites and underbites. Teeth that don’t line up correctly or are too crowded in the mouth can lead to discomfort, and even chronic pain when chewing or speaking. The experienced dentists at Alpine Dental in Monroe, Washington, offer orthodontic services to straighten teeth and correct crowding, regardless of your age. If you’re ready to improve your smile, book your appointment online now with Alpine Dental.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that diagnoses, treats, and prevents dental and facial irregularities, including TMJ syndrome. Aligners are an orthodontic treatment that guides teeth into proper position and correct misaligned bites.

Conditions orthodontics treat include:

  • Crowded or protruding teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites
  • Jaw growth issues

The goal in orthodontics is to correct misaligned teeth and restore a functional bite and beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatments offer long-term benefits, including improved chewing, easier oral care, and tooth protection.

Who needs orthodontics?

Traditionally, orthodontic services treat misalignment issues in teenagers. However, orthodontic treatments are just as effective for adults.

A healthy mouth with a proper bite reduces the risk of premature tooth decay and loss, gum disease, and jaw problems. Orthodontic treatments also offer pain relief in the neck and shoulders, common in people who overexert chewing muscles due to misaligned teeth.

Your dentist performs an in-depth evaluation, including a physical exam and X-rays, to determine which corrective treatment options would be most effective.

What orthodontic treatments are available?

The popular Invisalign® treatment uses custom-made, transparent materials to create an aligner, similar to a mouth guard. Aligners shift teeth progressively, correcting misalignment issues over a scheduled treatment period.

The dentist takes an impression of your teeth to create a set of aligners. You must change the aligners regularly based on your treatment plan to ensure they are progressively guiding your teeth into the right position. Aligners are also removable for eating and oral care.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign produces effective results faster than traditional braces. Aligners should be worn 20-22 hours each day, but you can remove them while eating or brushing.

Aligners are made of a durable, smooth material to prevent scraping or pinching of your gums and cheeks. Aligners are virtually invisible and are customizable for both teens and adults. They can be worn comfortably for extended periods of time and aren’t noticeable. For a comprehensive orthodontics evaluation, book your appointment online today.