The average adult has 32 permanent teeth in their mouth. Each type of tooth has its own specific shape and orientation designed to maximize its function with the other teeth in your bite pattern. As you grow older it’s possible for genetics and complications from past tooth loss to gradually change the alignment of your teeth. Even if you didn’t need braces in adolescence you could still suffer from misaligned teeth as you get older.
If you develop a misaligned smile later in life, you could suffer from an increasingly unappealing smile and teeth that are at a heightened risk of various dental conditions. This includes wear and tear on the tooth enamel, and dental fractures. If you are concerned about these issues, you should schedule an appointment to see out orthodontist, Dr. Joseph A. Wilson. Our orthodontist can often correct the alignment of your teeth with orthodontics. There are several different options available at Orthodontics, Inc..
Sometimes minor deviations can be corrected in a short amount of time through clear aligners such as Invisalign®. More significant orthodontic issues might require our orthodontist to place traditional braces in your mouth. If this is the case, you will need to attend regular appointments to tighten your braces and gradually reposition your teeth.
If you live in the Farmington, New Mexico, area and you have noticed a developing alignment issue with your teeth, you should call (505) 325-8858 to schedule a consultation a Orthodontics, Inc..