LAST UPDATED: APRIL 24, 2018
There’s no need to wonder if fillings in your teeth ruin any chance of you or your loved one being able to wear braces. Many people in the same situation have reached the attainable goal of aligned teeth. A matter of fact, every single day, an orthodontist makes dreams of straighter teeth become a reality for someone who has fillings.
Straighter Teeth May Help You Reduce the Number of Fillings You Need in the Future
Crooked teeth or gap teeth may have played a role in why cavities formed in the first place. Teeth with large, unnatural gaps between them or teeth that aren’t properly positioned are harder to clean. The lack of a daily thorough cleaning often leads to cavity formations. These open spaces need to fill as soon as possible for improved oral health. Aligning devices may be a part of the solution to straighten imperfect teeth and make them easier to clean. This could end the cavity-forming and the need-for-fillings cycle.
Teeth Straightening Appliances Make Teeth Stronger
A popular misconception is that aligners make teeth with fillings weaker. The fact is that these appliances make teeth stronger. Over time, the device reinforces and stabilizes your teeth as they continue to straighten and align in the perfect position. Orthodontic treatment continues with adjustments made at intervals throughout the duration of wear.
Misaligned Teeth Can Cause Pain and Lead to Digestive Problems
The bottom and top parts of your jaw must line up when you chew. Otherwise, pain can occur during this process. If you’re in pain, you may not break up your food into manageable pieces. When this happens, the food doesn’t dissolve in the stomach in a proper manner. What’s more, digestive aliments may result. For example, an overgrowth of bacteria in the colon may form. Improper movement of food through the small intestine may happen as well.
The Quest for Perfect Teeth Started Long Ago
Many archaeologists believe that the fascination with having straighter teeth began around 1000 B.C. Researchers found dental bridge-like materials in Greece that date back to that timeframe. Some believe the practice of early orthodontics began with the ancient Egyptians. Archaeologists found the remains of mummies with brace-like structures on their teeth. These early dental devices consisted of cords made of animal material that wrapped around the teeth, presumably, to close gaps.
The Evolution of Braces
In the 1800s, these devices went by another name. Teeth became straightened with appliances called wire cribs, and gum elastics. It wasn’t until the 1900s that the term “braces” became popular. During most of that century, single bands of various materials around each tooth formed sturdy teeth aligners.
This was standard practice until the 1970s. That’s when dental adhesive replaced the need for wrapping each tooth. A streamlined practice of applying the aligner is now the norm.
There are three basic parts of the traditional teeth aligner. An orthodontist fits the custom device to match the specifications of your teeth. The traditional brace apparatus consists of three main parts: Brackets, a band or bonding material, and an archwire. Each tooth gets a bracket fitted to it. A band or bonding material enables it to stay in place. The archwire connects each of the brackets along side one another.
Modern Aligners to Fit Your Modern Lifestyle
Today, technological advancements have improved the design, construction, and comfortable wear of aligners. Applying these teeth straightening devices is a routine procedure that can improve your health and dental hygiene.
Harmony® Lingual – This style fits behind your teeth. It’s unnoticeable to others when you smile. It’s so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing a dental straightening device.
Incognito™ Lingual – You can keep your secret to yourself and only those in our office. Incognito™ fits behind your teeth. It’s suitable for any age. Athletes, musician, teens, and professionals especially love this device style.
Invisalign – The removable aligners continue to grow in popularity. It’s an effective alternative to wearing traditional teeth aligners.
Invisalign Teen – Teens, in particular, appreciate the comfort of this age-appropriate style.
The Recommended Age for Straightening Teeth
Young children, the elderly, and all ages in between can wear straightening appliances for the teeth. You’re not too old to be fitted if you have healthy your teeth and gums. However, you can be too young. Many professionals recommend waiting until children are around 12-years-old. This is about how long it takes most children to lose their baby teeth and grow in permanent teeth.
The age range for children has some flexibility though. For some children, permanent teeth may come in between the growth ages of 9 and 11. As a guide, wait until the permanent teeth appear in the front of the mouth. Always get a professional opinion and consult with an orthodontist who’s certified in fitting both teenagers and adults, such as Dr. Tisseront. You’ll get a customized recommendation that’s well suited to meet your child’s needs.
If you or your loved one has fillings and needs an aligner, that’s nothing to worry about. Teeth straightening devices make your teeth stronger. There are many style options from which you can choose. A customized solution is the best answer to a beautiful smile.
You’re worth the time it takes for a dental device to straighten your teeth in an effective way. The result is a set of teeth with perfect alignment and long-term self-confidence that money can’t replace. Make the investment in better health today.
Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics
At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers, and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:
• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets
It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.
Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762