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Use Your Smile
A warm, attractive smile not only draws people to us, it makes us feel better too! When we feel good, that good feeling extends to the people around us. A smile can make sad people feel better and defuse tense situations. But life isn’t always kind to our smiles. Some children inherit crooked teeth or malformed jaws. Their teeth may also be damaged by overuse of bottles or pacifiers or by injury. Crooked teeth may make children and teens feel self-conscious. A bad bite can lead to health problems such as:
- Tooth decay and gum disease
- Biting the inside of the cheek or tongue
- Strained teeth, jaws, and facial muscles
- Speech problems such as lisping
Crooked teeth can be treated. An orthodontist is a dental care professional who takes care of people with crooked teeth. Your orthodontist can determine how bad the problem is and prescribe treatments such as braces to straighten the teeth. The earlier treatment begins, the more quickly it will go and the less expensive it will likely be.
Metal or Clear
Metal braces are the classic way to correct crooked teeth. But children and teens are often reluctant to be seen as a “metal mouth” and may resist treatment. Metal braces can also be painful and irritate the inside of the mouth.
Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear, comfortable, custom-made plastic trays that gently shift teeth into the correct position. There are no metal bands or wires. No one will know your child is wearing one! Each tray is worn for two weeks. Treatment usually takes 12 to 18 months. Invisalign can help both children and adults.
Gluck Orthodontics is the only Invisalign Top 1% percent provider in central Tennessee. If you believe your child has a problem with crooked teeth, contact Gluck Orthodontics for an appointment today!
1 Smile Can Change the World
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.