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Orthodontics in Arlington

woman smiling with clear alignersThe most common reason patients seek orthodontic treatment is to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. Whether it’s crowding or open spaces, the desire for an aesthetically pleasing appearance drives many individuals to orthodontic care. However, there are other vital reasons beyond cosmetics for having straight teeth. One of these reasons is gum health.


Straight Teeth, Easy Maintenance

We naturally prefer things that are straight because they seem organized and symmetrical. Similarly, teeth that are straight are easier to maintain and clean. When teeth are properly aligned, there is more of the bottom third of the visible tooth surface accessible to the bristles of a toothbrush. This accessibility makes it easier to remove bacterial plaque, which is a leading cause of gum disease.

Cavities are also caused by plaque, and individuals with crowded teeth may experience an increase in cavities. The difficulty in cleaning crowded teeth leads to a higher risk of plaque buildup and cavities. Therefore, having straight teeth makes it easier to keep them clean and helps prevent oral health issues and maintain our natural teeth for a lifetime.

The Role of Occlusion in Tooth Preservation

Another crucial reason for having straight teeth is how they come together, known as occlusion. Our back teeth serve as columns and studs, supporting and stabilizing the entire dental structure. On the other hand, our front teeth function as doors and windows—they contribute to our smile’s overall appearance and functionality.

Losing their back teeth prematurely can lead to problems such as shifting and losing front teeth over time. Dentures may become the solution once the lack of teeth becomes noticeable to others. Thus, preserving the back teeth is essential for maintaining the integrity of the entire dental structure and preventing the need for extensive restorative procedures.

How Orthodontic Treatment Protects Teeth

Orthodontic treatment plays a significant role in protecting the back teeth and preserving the overall dental structure. By correcting open bites and crossbites, orthodontists ensure that the weight-bearing back teeth can properly distribute the chewing pressure. Aligning the teeth in their ideal positions enables them to perform their long-term function effectively.

Back teeth have two tips and a groove down the middle, which allows them to lock into each other and handle the chewing pressure. The outside tip is the strong tip, while the inside tip is the weak side. Ideally, the lower teeth should fit inside the upper teeth, creating a proper connection for optimal function.

When there is a misalignment in the back teeth, they cannot bear the weight of chewing, leading to a lack of function and grinding ability. As a result, the smaller front teeth must compensate for the lack of functionality. However, this compensation can strain the front teeth excessively, potentially leading to premature wear and damage.

Traditional Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Regarding orthodontic treatment options, traditional metal braces and clear aligners offer different advantages depending on the individual’s age and specific alignment or bite issues.

Traditional braces remain the gold standard for kids and teens, providing the necessary control and less prone to loss or misplacement. Clear aligners, on the other hand, are often the preferred choice for adults due to their aesthetic appeal. Our practice offers both Invisalign™ and ClearCorrect aligners, with ClearCorrect aligners manufactured right here in Texas.

What to Expect During Treatment

At your appointment with Joseph Reed, DMD, MAGD, you can expect a comprehensive examination, including X-rays and imaging, to design a personalized treatment plan. Regular checkups are necessary for traditional braces to adjust the wires and monitor progress. It’s important to note that maintaining good oral hygiene becomes more challenging with braces, so regular cleaning appointments are crucial.

Clear aligners involve a series of plastic trays that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Each set of trays is worn for a specific duration before progressing to the next set. To ensure optimal results, wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours daily is vital, only removing them for eating, drinking (except water), and oral hygiene practices.

Let Us Help You Achieve a Beautiful Aligned Smile

Beam with the confidence that comes with a straight and stunning smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!


Orthodontics Arlington TX | (817) 303-5700