If you have crooked or crowded teeth you may feel embarrassed about your smile. In addition, you may experience an increased risk of TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). How do you correct misalignment? Fortunately, orthodontic treatment allows our team to improve the alignment of your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Improving Misalignment

Question: Will uneven teeth hurt my smile?

Answer: Yes. When teeth are crooked or overlap, there are hiding places for food particles to become trapped. When this occurs, bacteria break down the particles, increasing oral acidity and causing plaque to form on the teeth. You may then experience an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, the strain misalignment can place on your jaw joints may lead to TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching).

Question: What is Invisalign?

Answer:  Instead of wearing metal braces, Invisalign involves using clear plastic trays. Patients wear the trays daily, only removing them before meals and special occasions. We recommend this option for patients with minor alignment over the age of 16.

Question: How do lingual braces work?

Answer: With lingual braces you wear metal brackets and wires, but they are placed onto the back of the teeth. The braces are practically invisible and use low forces to correct the teeth. We will perform a thorough examination to see if this is the best option for addressing your misalignment.

Question: How long will treatment take?

Answer: That will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your misalignment. On average, metal braces take between a year-and-a-half and two years to correct smiles. Invisalign takes about a year. Some lingual braces system can provide smile correct in as little as six months. If you have any questions or could like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno https://www.riversidedentalgroup.com/bonding-contouring Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.