Cosmetic Dentistry in Rapid City

What's Healthier About Straighter Teeth?

Misaligned teeth can lead to premature wear, tooth loss, gum disease, and the build-up of bacteria associated with bigger problems, including heart disease. More than seven out of ten American adults have some kind of issue with their bite, such as crowding, spacing, or overbites - your doctor may use the word Malocclusion. (Malocclusion=Abnormal tooth alignment)

At Rapid City Smiles Implant and Family Dentistry, we know the best options to correct your alignment. Schedule an appointment with us in Rapid City to know your options and choose the right one for you.

Are you experiencing any of the following?
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Teeth chipping or wearing
  • Food getting caught between teeth
  • Difficulty flossing
  • Self-consciousness when smiling
  • Biting lips, cheek, or tongue
  • Indentations at the gum line
  • Speech changes or lisping
  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth or mouth breathing
  • Jaw or muscle pain or headaches
  • Receding gums

Painful Gums And Gum Disease

It's hard to remove plaque and bacteria from misaligned teeth. This can lead to inflamed gums, soft tissue damage, receding gums, pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and tooth loss. Early signs of gum disease include red gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, and bad breath. There may be no signs of gum disease until the advanced stages. Poorly aligned teeth can put extra stress and pressure on teeth and the jawbone.

Poor alignment can cause:
  • Receding gums
  • Gum disease
  • Indentations at the gum line
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Tooth loss

Orthodontics Are for Children & Adults

Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal in order to take advantage of a youngster's natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are now changing rapidly. So at this time, it's possible (for example) to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw. This phase of growth modification can shorten overall treatment time and ensure the best result if additional orthodontic appliances are needed.

But remember, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so you've never “missed the boat” for orthodontic treatment. In fact, about one in five of today's orthodontic patients is an adult. Several new technological developments — including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners, and invisible lingual braces — have made orthodontic appliances less evident, and enhanced the treatment experience for grown-ups. Before treatment, adults are carefully examined for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, which will be brought under control before treatment begins.

Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth

When your teeth are aligned, the health benefits are clear. With healthier gums, improved hygiene, and less wear and trauma, the choice is easy to make.

What Types of Orthodontic Appliances are Available?

When you imagine someone wearing braces, you probably picture small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. This time-tested style remains very popular — but it's no longer the only option. Clear braces use brackets made of ceramic or plastic which, except for the slim archwire, are hardly visible. Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces — except they're bonded to the back of your teeth (the tongue side) so that no one can see them.

We can offer Invisalign clear aligners along with more traditional Orthodontic Appliances. Schedule an appointment so we can help you find the option that works best for your alignment needs!

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign clear aligners use the most advanced technology to give you your best smile yet! Using a series of clear aligners, your treatment can straighten your teeth with 75% more predictability. Plus, your smile is shaped more comfortably than with braces. 

You will receive a complete digital scan from your doctor. Your doctor will send your scan to Invisalign where they will work together on your case. Give us a call to get scheduled for your consultation and get started on a healthier, straighter smile!

Give us a call to get scheduled for your consultation and get started on a healthier, straighter smile!

Rapid City Smiles Implant and Family Dentistry in Rapid City can also provide these services:
  • Root Canals
  • Metal-free crowns & bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures & Partials
  • Restorative dentistry

Align Your Teeth With The Best Cosmetic Dentistry Provider In Rapid City

What a difference straight teeth can make! A great-looking smile can boost your self-confidence and have a positive impact on social and professional opportunities. Orthodontic treatment is the original smile makeover tool — and you will be happy to know that you're never too old to take advantage of it. But it isn't all about looks: Properly aligned teeth help you to bite, chew and even speak more effectively. They are also easier to clean, which helps keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease.

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