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Many people think braces just improve alignment issues in the smile. In truth, the orthodontic hardware and routine adjustments do more than give you a better smile.

Misaligned teeth can cause problems with the way the teeth in your bite pattern meet. In the short term, this could lead to minor chips and other types of dental fractures. As time goes on, your teeth can rub improperly in the same spot. This wear and tear, which is known as dental attrition, can erode the tooth enamel, exposing the dentin of the tooth or fostering a new cavity.

These types of damage can cause discomfort and can even be expensive to repair. Many of these instances call for a dental crown restoration.

Certain types of orthodontic alignment issues can also make your mouth inefficient at chewing food, which can potentially cause a choking hazard.

Fortunately, Dr. John R. Schouten can offer minor variations on braces to help you comfortably realign your teeth and prevent future complications.

If you’re uncomfortable with the obtrusive visible hardware of traditional wire and bracket braces, Dr. John R. Schouten can apply ceramic braces to your smile.

If you only have minor alignment issues with your teeth, Dr. John R. Schouten might be able to fit you for Invisalign®. This type of treatment can improve the alignment of your teeth with clear, plastic aligners.

If you live in the Price, Utah, area and you have alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 435.637.0820 to schedule a consultation at Schouten Orthodontics.