Summer is officially here! Even though this summer is significantly different than summers past, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time. Many beaches and pools are open for socially distant swimming sessions, for example. At events like these, friends and family members are inevitably going to pull out their cameras or phones to snap pictures. If you’re self-conscious about your gapped, crowded, or generally crooked teeth, you might not be so proud to show off those pearly whites in a photograph. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to start achieving a straight smile this summer with orthodontics. Keep reading to learn about different options for beautifying your grin during these warm months.
Why Should You Start Straightening Your Smile This Summer?
Aside from being more cosmetically pleasing, straight teeth are actually healthier teeth. If your pearly whites are crooked, they can be harder to effectively clean. As a result, plaque can build up on and in between them, contributing to oral health problems like gum disease and cavities. Bits of food can also get caught in the gaps between uneven teeth, attracting dangerous bacteria that may cause infections.
Summer is the perfect time to improve your oral health by straightening your or your child’s smile. since your little one isn’t in school (or, at least, doesn’t have to engage in video lessons) for the next couple of months, that leaves you with plenty of time to schedule an orthodontic appointment to determine which option is best for them. If it’s your smile you’re concerned about, summer is also a wonderful time to begin treatment. In many cases, provided you comply with your treatment instructions, you could achieve a fully straight smile just in time for next summer!
What Are Your Options for Achieving a Straight Smile?
Here are three options for straightening your grin this summer:
Braces consist of metal brackets that are placed on each of your teeth, with a metal archwire threaded through them. This system gradually shifts your teeth into the desired position. Using digital technology, each portion of your braces are made specifically to fit the dimensions of your smile.
For patients who want to straighten their smiles without compromising their professional image, you may qualify for Invisalign. It involves a series of removable clear plastic aligners that straighten a section of your smile at a time until the whole thing is perfectly aligned.
Whether you are receiving Invisalign or braces, Propel Orthodontics can speed up the process. This device creates pinhole-sized perforations in your jawbone, stimulating the inflammatory response involved in the breakdown and readjustment of the bone. Your teeth are then more easily able to move during orthodontic treatment, greatly reducing your time wearing braces or aligners.
Whatever option you choose to achieve a straight smile, summer is the perfect time to begin your journey. Contact your dentist or orthodontist today to see which option is right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Mark Wagner is a dentist in Highland Village, TX who earned his dental doctorate from Roseman University of Health Sciences in Utah. He has undergone extensive training in Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, qualifying him to administer braces, Invisalign, and Propel Orthodontics. No matter what orthodontic issues you or your child suffer from, Dr. Wagner can find a personalized solution. To learn more about how to get a straight smile this summer, visit his website or call (469) 444-6500.