If you are unhappy because your teeth are crooked, crowded, or gapped, braces can help you. Braces have been around for hundreds of years, but they remain in use because they are a powerful, effective way to move teeth. They are our most predictable way to achieve a straight smile.

To learn whether braces are the right approach to straightening your smile, please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a Spokane Valley cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.

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The Benefits of a Straight Smile

Straight teeth are important for the appearance and health of your teeth. People with straight smiles are considered more successful and they can be–they’re more likely to be offered a job than someone with similar skills but crooked teeth. Plus they’re likely to be offered a higher salary. In addition, people consider straight teeth an important characteristic in a date.

But it’s not just the appearance of straight teeth that helps. They can actually be healthier, too. Crooked teeth are more likely to get food trapped in them. And they’re harder to clean. Studies show that getting orthodontics can cut your gum disease risk by almost half.

How Braces Work

Braces straighten your teeth by taking advantage of your body’s natural healing and adaptation mechanisms. We think our bones are set, but they’re not. They’re designed to respond to pressure and change their shape, especially the jaw.

By applying constant pressure in a controlled way, braces encourage your body to remove bone from one side of the tooth and build it up on the other side. This allows your teeth to move.

However, this is also what can allow your teeth to drift back–repetitive biting forces can undo the work of braces, so it’s important to wear your retainer after any orthodontic treatment.

Why Spokane Valley Braces?

If you listen only to the advertising, it might seem that there is no reason to get traditional braces. But that’s simply not true. While we believe Invisalign is a great approach to straightening teeth in some situations, there are also many reasons to choose traditional braces.

Traditional braces have been around for hundreds of years. While they’re not popular among people who wear them, we can all agree: the results are worth it. No other orthodontic approach is as consistent or as powerful at moving teeth.

Plus, traditional braces are better than ever. We have new materials for brackets and wires that can be almost as invisible as clear aligners. And you’ll benefit not just from hundreds of years of orthodontic experience, but also from the insights of advanced, computerized approaches to data analysis.

The result is a combination of versatility and quality that we feel our patients deserve.

beautiful young woman showing off her straighter teeth with traditional metal orthodonticsMake Sure You Get a Choice

Many dentists only offer Invisalign because that’s all they know. They have limited skills and experience in orthodontics, and rely on the manufacturer for their judgement and recommendations about treatment. They think every case is an Invisalign case.

At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we believe in offering our patients a choice whenever possible. You should be able to choose which is the best treatment for you based on a full explanation of the benefits and limitations of each. We’ll let you know when a treatment might not be right for you, not try to make it work just because we don’t have any other options.

Are You Ready for a Straighter Smile in Spokane Valley?

If you are unhappy with crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth in Spokane Valley, we can help. Please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.