December 12, 2016
There are many different aspects that lead to great self confidence. Having straight teeth is one of the major attributes folks desire. Having healthy and aligned teeth is a perfect way to boost the confidence we crave, especially as we enter adulthood. Having braces into adulthood, and even throughout the years of adolescence can be a challenge, luckily there are a few alternatives to getting your teeth to their full potential.
Options to Straighten Teeth Without Traditional Metal Braces
1. Clear Aligners or Invisalign. Clear aligners or Invisalign are becoming an increasingly more trendy approach to traditional braces and are an exceptional alternative to straightening teeth. They are far more discrete than the traditional metal braces. The treatment comprises of several clear, plastic trays custom made for the patient. You will get new trays at specific intervals throughout the course of treatment following the previous one once it has straightened out your teeth to its level, till eventually, there is no longer a need. They are worn between 22-24 hours a day, removed for cleaning and oral hygiene, and food consumption. The use of Invisalign is more preferred among patients who have a more severe case, but don’t want the more obvious approach of braces.
2. Veneers. Most patients would shy away from that procedure in the early stages of veneers. But over time, modern technology, and engineer’s research and development have advanced. Now veneers have become a more useful and beneficial way to straighten your teeth. Veneers are fine, thin strips of porcelain, or similar materials, that are matched to the approximate same shade of your teeth. A few trips to the orthodontist in order to ensure the perfect fit, veneers will help straighten your teeth quickly and efficiently.
3. Retainers. Patients with minor malocclusions or misaligned teeth using retainers are a common alternative and have been used nearly as long as braces have. Retainers are worn continuously or just in the evening hours depending on the severity of your case. For patients that have severe misaligned teeth braces generally start the treating process and then completed with the use of a retainer.
4. Serial Extraction. Malocclusion are a byproduct of baby teeth and adult teeth interacting with each other in most cases. More than likely, multiple teeth erupted without the available space for them to do so. Serial extraction is an affordable way and effective option for this particular situation and avoids braces. However, in order for this option to be a possibility, the dentist has to track your child’s teeth early and painless remove the baby teeth as the adult teeth begin pushing through the gum line.
Professional Orthodontic Care
Catching teeth early is a lot more optimal in correcting malocclusion. Along with efficient oral hygiene care, your teeth can be better preserved to last throughout your life. If your desire is to achieve straighter teeth, but you want to avoid the use of braces, come see us at Leaver and Gardner Orthodontics, we can consult with you on your specific needs and optimal options. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
December 4, 2016
When you wear an orthodontic retainer, it needs to be cleaned just like your teeth. Your mouth is full of bacteria and it will start to affect your retainer if you aren’t properly cleaning it. Just like your teeth, plaque can build up on your retainer and that mixed with bacteria can cause it to smell. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics is here to talk about how to clean your orthodontic retainers.
How to Clean Your Orthodontic Retainer
Whenever you take your retainer out of your mouth to brush your teeth, you should also be cleaning your retainer. This will make it impossible for plaque and bacteria to cause your retainer to smell and look dirty. When cleaning your retainer, there are several ways to do it.
Cleaning Your Retainer With Denture Cleaner
Even though this cleaner is made primarily for dentures, it can be used to clean retainers as well. You want to avoid using it all the time because the cleaner is strong and can cause damage to your retainer if you use it too often. To clean with denture cleaner, fill a shallow cup with enough water to cover the retainer and add the cleaning tablet. After allowing it to soak for 15-20 minutes place the retainer in non-alcoholic mouthwash and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to several hours. Make sure the mouthwash doesn’t contain alcohol, since the alcohol found in mouthwash will damage your retainer.
How to Clean Retainers With Baking Soda
To clean your retainer with baking soda, make a paste out of distilled water and baking soda. After you have made a paste, use a soft bristled toothbrush to lightly scrub your retainer with the paste just as you would brush your teeth. Pay particular attention to the cracks and crevices on your retainer that will trap bacteria. After giving it a good scrub, rinse and you are done.
How to Clean Clear Retainers With Vinegar
After rinsing your retainer, place it in a shallow dish and completely submerge it in vinegar. Let your retainer soak for 3-5 minutes. Don’t leave it for longer than 5 minutes because vinegar can damage your retainer if left too long. After soaking, scrub your retainer with a toothbrush thoroughly and rinse.
Mild Castile Soap Retainer Cleaner
If you want a gentle cleaner, castile soap is the one for you. It has an olive or coconut oil base and is effective in gently cleaning without using chemicals. Mix a bit of liquid castile soap in warm water and submerge your retainer. While submerged, scrub the retainer with a toothbrush. Rinse and you’re done.
Sanitize Your Orthodontic Retainer
In order to sanitize your retainer, you can use warm water and anti-bacterial dish soap to do it. Scrub the retainer in the mixture and rinse. After this, you can soak it in rubbing alcohol for a short time. This shouldn’t exceed 15 minutes because the alcohol can cause damage to your retainer. After soaking in alcohol, you should let it soak in a shallow dish of distilled water to complete the disinfecting.
Expert Orthodontic Care
Just like your teeth, you should clean your retainer to keep it clean and your mouth healthy. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics offer orthodontic care to give you the smile you want. Call for an appointment today!
November 28, 2016
When wearing braces, there are many dental issues you need to look out for. From demineralization and sensitivity to plaque, tartar and bad breath; it’s important to be vigilant in your dental health routine. Today, Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wants to address another dental problem you may experience while wearing braces; bleeding gums. It can be quite alarming to see your gums bleeding but don’t panic. It’s a good idea to determine the why so you can best stop it from happening!
Causes of Bleeding Gums Around One Tooth or Multiple Teeth When Wearing Braces
New toothbrush can cause bleeding gums. Toothbrushes that have firm bristles can be hard on gums. If your new toothbrush is making your gums bleed, check the package to see what kind it is. The toothbrushes you buy should always be soft. Some people think that soft bristles won’t clean as well as firm but that’s not true. They clean just as well. Make sure you use the proper brushing technique and that you don’t push too hard. Pushing too hard can damage the gums especially if they’re sensitive to begin with. Braces wearers are quite susceptible to sensitivity and will find soft bristles less irritating to receding gums. Once you get your braces off, it is also a good idea to not brush too hard as you adjust to not wearing them anymore.
Medications can cause dry mouth and bleeding gums. Some medications will make gums more prone to sensitivity that can cause them to become inflamed which can lead to bleeding. Other medications cause blood thinning which can lead to gums bleeding as well. Check the side effects of the medications your are taking to see if it’s one of the side effects. You should always continue with your medication but be a little gentler when brushing until the medication cycle is complete.
Gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen and tender it could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease can be caused by other factors but usually it’s due to poor oral hygiene. And oral hygiene is something braces wearers struggle with. You have the additional challenge of cleaning around the gum line with braces which means you should be especially vigilant. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease that happens when there is an excessive buildup of plaque. Having good oral health practices is the surest way to keep gum disease away. This means brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing daily.
Poor Oral Hygiene. Braces wearers who don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis can also have gums that bleed more easily. Teeth that are neglected have gums that become more swollen and inflamed because plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth for longer periods of time. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that forms on teeth after we eat which is why good oral care helps gums remain healthy.
How to Get Strong, Healthy Gums
Vitamin C can help keep gums healthy. You can take a Vitamin C supplement or incorporate more fruits and vegetables that have Vitamin C into their diet. For many reasons, it’s always a good idea to limit sugary drinks and not just soda, but juice too. Try to take care of any issues that may be leading to bleeding gums before they become major issues. Gums that bleed for more than a week might be a sign of gum disease. Brushing and flossing are important, and so are regular orthodontist checkups!
November 21, 2016
Many believe that the desire for straighter and healthier teeth is a modern man’s delight. We have greatly advanced our methods for teeth alignment and can better correct future teeth problems. Orthodontists became a common profession in the 19th century and many people believe that this was the start of professional tooth care. However this is not the case. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wil shed some light on the first orthodontista.
When Were Braces First Used in Ancient Egypt?
Archaeologists have found crooked teeth in human remains dating back 50,000 years. In modern times orthodontists use braces to correct misaligned teeth. Something very similar has been found in Egyptian mummies. Many of the mummies have been found with crude metal bands around their teeth. Some archaeologists believe catgut may have been tied to these bands to provide pressure to move the teeth into proper alignment.
How Have Braces Changed Over the Centuries?
The Ancient Greeks, the Etruscans and the Romans also practiced orthodontia. This method describes a gold band that was used on Etruscan women to preserve the position of the teeth after death. In an ancient Greek physician’s writing that was found, it suggests the first known description of tooth irregularities at around 400 B.C. A Roman writer named Celsus, 400 years later, recommended bringing newly emerging teeth into their proper position by regularly pushing them with your fingers. To correct elongated teeth, another Roman named Pliny the Elder, who lived from 23 to 79 A.D., advised filing them to size. This is some of the oldest known use of orthodontics.
1728 Pierre Fauchard Father of Dentisty & 18th Century Orthodontics
In the 17th century, Matthaeus Gottfried began using wax to create the first dental impressions. Then in 1756 Phillip Pfaff evolved the techniques of taking impressions, by using plaster, which began a huge step in dentistry advancement. Pierre Fauchard was born in 1728 and grew up to become known as the Father of Dentistry. He invented an appliance called bandeau. This was a horseshoe shape metal strip that fit around the teeth with regular spaced holes to correct the teeth alignment — the first braces. Fauchard would also operate on patients with a set of forceps called a pelican, forcibly realigning teeth and tying them to the neighboring teeth to hold them in place while they healed. The next major breakthrough contributing to the practice of orthodontics began in the 19th century, in the United States. In 1822 J.S. Gunnell invented the occipital anchorage, a form of headgear that fastens to the jaw from the outside of the mouth to exert gentle pressure on the teeth. Then in 1840, Chapin A. Harris published the first classic book on dentistry, “The Dental Art,” outlining practices such as soldering knobs on bands to assist with tooth rotation, and applying gold caps to molars to open the dental bite.
The art of orthodontics and dentistry goes back far longer than most people realize. This however has been a skill at least as old as 400 B.C. This makes orthodontics one of the longest ongoing professions. We are very grateful to the advance in today’s understanding and technology. We at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics want to give thanks to mankind’s history and development in the field of Orthodontics. Contact us for your orthodontic care.
November 15, 2016
When you are ready to start your orthodontic care you may want an exact answer on how long it might take. The biggest problem is that no two people are the same and neither are the teeth in their mouth. Each individual needs to be looked at and evaluated. The orthodontist can give an estimate on how long the process will take but that is just an estimate and it could easily change. Once we get into moving the actual teeth, we might find that there are more changes that need to be done. We may also have to do more adjustments than originally thought to fix a bite or a particular tooth. This can also go the other direction and the teeth may line up easier than they thought. This also means you might be the lucky one that gets them off sooner than you thought! One area of concern is always gaps that need to be closed. Some are easily closed while others can be extremely difficult.
Leaver & Gardner Lists Reasons Some Gaps Are Hard To Close With Braces
Size & Shape of Teeth: One of the main issues that the orthodontist comes across when trying to close a gap is the size and the shape of the teeth. After braces, the teeth should come together closely and leave just enough space so that dental floss can clean the area. You don’t want to close the gap but still have a space only at the top or the bottom. You want them to close evenly and the size or shape can hinder the process. The tooth may need to be reshaped or changed so that it can fit the space. This can be done by shaving a small portion to even it out or adding some porcelain to the tooth to fill the gap. There are some gaps that need to be addressed and can require a larger amount of dental work to accomplish the final desired result.
Surrounding Tissue Or Ligaments Are Too Large: If the tooth is the right shape and size but the gap still will not close properly there could be another problem. The issue could come from the tissue that is in between the two teeth. If there is excess tissue, you may need to have it removed by the dentist so that the teeth can align properly. Another problem can be because of the ligament that extend from the gums. The ligament can be too large and if that is the case you may require a crown to be placed on the tooth. The last issue that you could have because of the surrounding tissues is from tongue posturing. This is when the tongue is pushing against the teeth causing them to space out. This will require the orthodontist to do their work as well as some therapy to relearn how to hold your tongue in your mouth.
Spacing Caused by Bite: Another can simply be due to the position of the bite. The bite needs to align so that each tooth lands in a particular place. When there is a tooth that lands in the arch of another tooth it can cause those two teeth to start to spread. The orthodontist may need to adjust the bite to separate the cause of the separation. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontists offers orthodontic care to help close hard to deal gaps and align teeth and bites.
November 7, 2016
Many of us remember our teenage years being full of orthodontic appointments, but orthodontics isn’t only for teenagers. People of all ages get orthodontic work done. Although there is never anyone that is too old for orthodontics, there are some real benefits to starting orthodontic treatment young. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics would like to talk about some of the reasons you want to start thinking about orthodontics for your children sooner rather than later.
Why are Early Orthodontic Treatments Important?
It’s true that many teenagers have braces to make their smiles beautiful. There are several benefits that come from starting orthodontics early on though. There are three phases of orthodontics that you should think about for your child.
Phase One Braces & Orthodontic Care
This phase starts when a child is very young. Around the age of two you need to start considering your child’s mouth. This is a time to prevent bad habits that might result in more orthodontic care than otherwise needed. These habits include thumb sucking, use of pacifiers and drinking from a bottle. Some starter cups are shaped much like a bottle and have the same effect on your baby’s teeth. These habits will actually change the shape of your child’s mouth and end up costing you more money in the end when trying to correct it. Phase one orthodontic treatment can include expansion, active retainer or partial braces that is done before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. It often occurs between the ages of six and ten. Leaver & Gardner recommends Phase one treatment when there is a moderate or severe orthodontic problem that should not wait until later to be addressed.
Phase Two Braces & Orthodontic Treatment
Phase two starts between the ages of 6 and 12. As your child loses their primary teeth and permanent teeth start to come in, the orthodontist and dentist can see how the permanent teeth are coming in. At this point, stage two treatment plans can begin to treat any bite or alignment issues. The orthodontist can guide your child’s permanent teeth as they come in to ensure they are in the right position.
Phase Three Braces & Orthodontic Care
This phase takes place in early adolescence. At this point, there should have already been some orthodontic treatment for early issues and your child’s smile will undergo any fine tuning it needs to attain perfectly aligned teeth.
Why is Early Treatment Better than Late Orthodontics?
There are several factors that cause teeth to be misaligned. As a child, their bone structure is still developing and treatment can start. If your child has an underbite or overbite, the likelihood of it being treated with orthodontics alone is greater when the child is young. If you wait too long, there may be a need for surgery along with orthodontics in order to fix it. The results are often far more ideal when treatment takes place at a young age rather than older.
Give your child a head start on the smile that they will want as they get older. A beautiful smile does a lot for a person’s confidence. Often, a person’s smile is the first thing someone notices about you. Don’t hesitate to have your child’s teeth examined at a young age. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics can make a plan that will fit your child’s needs best. Call for an appointment today!
October 30, 2016
Not properly cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can lead to oral health issues like gingivitis and decalcification (white marks) that can lead to more serious problems. It’s hard to get kids to floss and even harder when they have braces. Flossing with braces will take twice as long as flossing without braces but must be don to prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. It will take commitment from parents to make sure teeth remain healthy while teeth are being straightened. Good dental and orthodontic care will minimize and prevent oral health problems caused by the presence of traditional dental braces.
Gingivitis and Decalcification
Gingivitis is the earliest sign of gum disease and appears as red, shiny and swollen gums. It is caused by plaque that irritates the gums and can lead to an infection. Decalcification affects the enamel of your teeth causing white spots or lesions. Decalcification is one of the earliest signs of decay and therefore helpful to look out for. Prevention is crucial as decalcification is impossible to reverse.
Instructions for How to Brush Teeth with Braces
To ensure plaque removal it’s important to brush all around the parts of your dental braces as well as all the surfaces of your teeth. If possible, try and brush after every meal or snack. Rinse your mouth well with water if you are unable to brush right away. Using a sonic toothbrush might be easier when you have braces. However, like any toothbrush, a sonic brush will not remove all the plaque so you’ll still need to floss. Getting around brackets, wires and other orthodontic hardware can be difficult with a manual toothbrush but it will do the job if done correctly. Make sure to check the brush heads more regularly as they tend to wear out faster with braces.
Easy Ways to Floss Quickly with Braces; Flossers & Waterpiks
You can use floss threaders designed to get around your braces. The threaders are inexpensive and disposable. They work by pulling the floss through the teeth above the wire to reach the gum line. You may need to help younger children unable to sit still by sitting them in front of the TV. Help them until they get the hang of it. Make sure to use waxed floss because non-wax floss will catch on braces easier. Make sure to slide the floss right up to the gum line of both teeth before pulling the threader and floss out and moving to the next tooth. This method is time consuming. An easier way to floss is to use a Waterpik with an orthodontic tip to remove plaque that brushing just can’t reach. It is clinically proven to be more effective than using floss with braces. The orthodontic tip has a tapered brush that will remove plaque that forms on the brackets and between your teeth. A Waterpik will also flush out food particles and bacteria around your teeth and underneath the gums.
Orthodontic Consultations & Treatment
Add fluoridated toothpaste or a fluoridated rinse to prevent tooth decalcification and decay. And try to avoid foods that can cause tooth decay while wearing braces. Always continue with regular dental checkups while you have braces. Some orthodontists will even remove your wire for you prior to a dental checkup to help with the cleaning. Contact Leaver Gardner Orthodontics to begin your road to a beautiful smile.
October 23, 2016
Dental braces have evolved over the years with many big changes happening in recent years. Before you commit the time you’ll have them on and the money you’ll spend, there are things you need to know.
Tell Me Everything About Braces
1. Orthodontists have more training than dentists. A lot of dentists will tell you they can do your braces for you but you should really go to an orthodontist as they specialize in braces. They may do it for less but it’s not a great idea. Dentists just don’t have as much training. Orthodontists become a dentist first and then continue on with an orthodontic program. This makes them more knowledgeable in tooth movement, jaw function and the aesthetics of the face.
2. Get more than one orthodontic consultation. You should get more than one opinion and you aren’t going to offend anyone. If an orthodontist talks about extractions or you have a complicated case, you should most definitely get another opinion. There are many ways that one problem can be approached, so find the one that you’re most comfortable with.
3. Cost and treatment of braces varies. If you don’t have orthodontic coverage, then you may be paying out if pocket. The average cost is between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on the work that needs to be done. Usually you can slowly pay overtime and the time you are in braces will vary as well as it all depends on the issues being taken care of.
4. Read your orthodontic contract. An orthodontic contract will be drawn up and will need to be signed. You need to know all the details of your contract. This contract is a binding legal document as to missed payments, retainer costs, etc. If you start to have issues with making payments, talk to your orthodontist as they are more than willing to work something out as long as they see you’re making an effort to make payments.
5. Stay with the same orthodontist. It would be perfect if we could know we were going to be in the same place for the next few years to finish your treatment. Life is unpredictable and you’ve signed a contract, so now what? Depending on your contract you may get a partial credit if you are moving. Once you’ve moved, you will need to start a new treatment plan with a new orthodontist. Different orthodontists use different methods and it may cost more to finish off your treatment.
6. Braces have no age limit. It’s good to know that braces aren’t just for teenagers. More and more adults are getting them. You are a candidate for braces as long your teeth and gums are healthy. Bad teeth and gums may become worse with the pressure that braces can put on teeth and gums. Adults get braces because they can afford them now, where their parents might have not been able to or they may have had them as teenagers and then failed to wear their retainers causing their teeth to move back.
Call Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics to learn more about treatment plan where you will speak with a customer service representative to schedule an appointment.
October 17, 2016
Halloween is generally a time kids of all ages look forward to, and truth be known, many adults too. Getting to dress up for a short time and use the imagination to become someone or something else for a brief moment is so much fun. The games, goodies and treats that are to be had fill the minds of all the kids and the possibilities are endless. But what of the child in your home who is stuck wearing braces? We are made aware of the rules prior to be fitting with braces, that chewy and hard candy is forbidden. Are there any exceptions for this one night of fun?
Halloween Candy You Can & Can’t Eat With Braces
Well we at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics would like to encourage you not to despair; we have some tricks up our sleeves for this hallowed event. (Imagine the sinister laughter dissipating as you read on for effect). It is wise to be mindful of your braces when contemplating your bag of treats this Halloween. Your delicious sweets, sours, sticky, and chocolate goodness you crave are staring you right in the face daring you to indulge. Where they are all indeed yummy bites of deliciousness, you don’t want to risk damaging your braces or ruining your teeth.
List of Halloween Candy You Can’t Eat With Braces
You definitely need to stay away from the hard candy, chewy stuff like caramels, taffy, jelly beans, licorice, bubble gum, suckers, sour candy, and nutty candies that can do a number on your teeth and your braces. Skittle and starburst and other fruity and/or sour candy can worsen your teeth by significantly reducing the PH value, wearing down the protected enamel. Not only can this destroy braces but if it get caught where it can be removed your teeth can be prone to decay and cavities.
Braces Friendly Halloween Candy
To participate in Halloween, enjoy some alternative choices such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum or any candy containing a sugar substitute Xylitol. They are not harmful as some other choices are. Treats that melt in your mouth are better for those with the diligence to do so such as:
– Peanut butter cups
– Soft chocolate
– Root beer floats
– Ice Cream
– Gelatin treats in their verities
– Apple Cider
– Cut pieces of bananas and apples
– Tons of water to curb your appetite.
Brush, Floss & Rinse After Eating Candy With Braces
No matter what you chose to indulge in, remember after the event of chewing down the tasty treats to scrub your chompers really well. Floss diligently and use your mouthwash. If you have gotten a ton of candy that is on the “do not eat” list, consider donating to a local children’s hospital or foster center to help brighten up someone’s day.
Teeth Straightening Braces
If you encountered any problems during your day of trick or treating and braces are not fully operational, come see Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics today for any adjustments. Avoid prolonging your treatment by getting by on braces that might endure damage just because you couldn’t resist temptation!
October 10, 2016
When your child learns that he/she is getting fitted with braces in the immediate future, it can be a challenge to get them to accept their fate without protest, grudges, or pouting. Kids who are in need of braces for treatment can be nervous or scared about the onslaught of perceived jokes at their expense, pain they fear is involved, challenge of adopting new hygiene habits, or even trying to accept that favorite treats are no longer a part of the regular diet. So getting them happy about their life changing experience can be a difficult assignment.
How to Get Your Child Excited for Braces; Celebrate with a Party
Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics has compiled a list of ideas to help your child embrace their orthodontics appointment to get braces, or at least help them, and you; accept the necessity with less reluctance!
1. Celebrate Getting Braces On with a Party. Just like any other party which celebrates life events, you want the perfect theme. A Willy Wonka party theme will surely get them a little excited. Get the whole nine yards of activities, games, decorations, and most importantly the cake, candy, gum, and assortment of food the child should avoid while in braces. Be sure to get the favorites and go overboard. Add a little fun by getting oral hygiene party favors for guests and gifts for the child to make it more fun. Take dozens of before pictures of their teeth, including the consumption of the yummy contraband that will be forbidden. At the post-braces party, get similar pictures and show them the before and after so they can see the beneficial results of their sacrifice.
2. Promote the idea that their smile is forever, but braces are not. If they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and better understand braces isn’t a life sentence, they may be a little more accepting of wearing the braces to enhance their beautiful smiles.
3. Little girls, tweens, and teens alike can be a little more self conscious of the need to wear braces. Wanting to be thought of as popular and desired can make them extremely hesitant to wear brace. Name drop celebrity women who wore braces like Cameron Diaz, Kelly Clarkson, Dakota fanning, Gwen Stefani, and so on to help them understand braces doesn’t define beauty and just because you have braces doesn’t mean people will think any less of them. Some children associate well with their favorite celebrity, and with the common use of braces, chances are they wore them once in their life as well!
4. Explain that braces have come a long way since back in the day when they were hunks of metal hardware painfully obvious from a mile away. There are options to make braces a trendy accessory instead of a tacky style for shackling teeth. Options such as clear braces or colored bands can give them a chance to make them unique and an emphasis of their personality.
5. List the beneficial gain of getting braces. The overall importance of straightening teeth to correcting other problems. If needed, point out your own teeth or someone they look up to that has slightly or even severe crooked teeth and the regret of not getting it corrected!