When you think of summer, you may think of people laughing as they are playing in the sun, be it at the beach, a park, a pool, camping, or participating in some other activity. The thought of smiling around other people might intimidate you if you worry about the alignment of your teeth. If this sounds familiar to you, it may be time to look into cosmetic dentistry.

Many people think cosmetic dentistry involves invasive surgical procedures, but this is not always the case. It also includes methods such as Invisalign®, which uses clear aligners to straighten teeth over time.

Types of Malocclusions

Clear aligners are ideal for correcting malocclusions, also known as irregular bites. There are several different types of malocclusions young adults and adults may experience:

·         Crooked Teeth – The teeth are not straight and may angle in, out, or to the side.

·         Crowded Teeth – There is not enough room for all the teeth to fit together straight, so some may come in at odd angles.

·         Gaps ­– There are large spaces between some teeth.

·         Overbite – The front teeth on the top sit in front of the lower teeth when the mouth is closed or the teeth are pressed together.

·         Underbite – The exact opposite of an overbite, an underbite is when the lower front teeth sit in front of the upper teeth when the mouth is closed or the teeth are pressed together.

·         Open Bite – This occurs when the top and bottom teeth do not meet or touch when the mouth is closed.

·         Crossbite – This can be a bit of a mix of overbite and underbite. A crossbite occurs when the upper and lower jaws do not seem to align, resulting in some teeth resting where they should not.

Summer Is Perfect for Treatment

Dr. Paresh C. Naran can help you decide if Invisalign® is a suitable treatment for you this summer, or for your kids before school starts in the fall. Aligners are a useful and discreet option, but we also offer other treatments to suit your needs for straighter teeth. Contact the office of Naran Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.