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In the past, braces were often seen as a rite of passage for teenagers with alignment issues in their smile. In recent years, more and more adults have been taking interest in braces to help improve untreated or newly developed alignment issues.

This is even more likely to be the case if the adult lost a tooth or had a tooth extracted in the past. The structural void caused by the missing tooth can sometimes draw the other teeth near the void to partially fill the gap. This makes the teeth exceedingly prone to chips and fractures over time.

Braces can also be an effective treatment method for addressing an under or overbite issue. Beyond providing an unattractive smile, these malocclusion issues can result in chips and fractures on multiple teeth.

If you are looking to address minor alignment issues in your smile, you might want to try removable Invisalign® dental aligners. These are clear, plastic aligner trays that you wear in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours a day. After two weeks you switch to a new set of aligners. Most people meet their alignment goals in six to eight weeks.

If you have alignment, under or overbite issues and you’d like to improve your smile, you should call your orthodontist, Dr. Jerrold Hennes, at (760) 598.1707 to see if you’re a good candidate for braces in Vista, California. Our Hennes Orthodontics team is happy to help!