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Do I Need Orthodontics To Straighten My Teeth?

March 20, 2017

Woman smiling at camera to show her white teethDo you cover your mouth when you smile? Do you feel uncomfortable about your crooked teeth? If so, you’ve probably thought about orthodontics over the years but may have been hesitant to have your teeth straightened.

We would suggest there’s no better time than the present. Allow us to explain the treatment options we provide, as well as what orthodontics can do for your smile.

What Dental Issues Can Be Corrected with Orthodontics?

Fortunately, orthodontics can fix a number of dental issues including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Jaw misalignment

Most patients find that after having these issues corrected, they love their new smiles and the greater sense of self-confidence they feel.

Who Can Benefit from Orthodontics?

As we’re sure you know, most teenagers make great candidates for orthodontics. However, it’s becoming more and more common for adults to seek braces as well. We can help you attain a beautiful smile whether you’re 15, 50, or beyond!

Additionally, not only do adults make great candidates for braces, but they’re often thrilled to hear that treatment can be completed in as little as 6-9 months.

In fact, the only people who definitely should not consider straightening their teeth are people with active gum disease. In cases like those, we treat the gum disease before straightening the teeth to obtain the best results for our patients.

What Are My Orthodontic Options at Petry & Walton?

We’re pleased to be able to offer our patients two options: traditional braces and Invisalign®, a clear substitute to dental braces.

Traditional Braces

While there are many different orthodontic options available, traditional braces are still the most common method used for teeth straightening. And although you may think you already know what they’re like, think again!

Today’s braces are made of a high-grade stainless steel—as a result, they’re smaller, more comfortable, and better-looking than ever. They even come in a variety of colors to suit your personal preference.


Invisalign® offers a clear alternative to braces. Patients with Invisalign® receive a custom-fitted set of aligners every week or two. These aligners are virtually invisible and gently move teeth to their correct position.

Many people enjoy Invisalign® aligners, because they’re:

  • Removable
  • Comfortable
  • Make brushing and flossing easier

It is important to note that this alternative to traditional braces is completely dependent on your participation. Because they’re removable, it’s easy to end up taking them out too often. When deciding which straightening option is best for you, this will be a major topic of discussion.

How Do I Know Which Orthodontic Option Is Right for Me?

The orthodontic option that’s best for you depends on the dental problems you’re experiencing. For instance, although most patients make great candidates for Invisalign®, not everyone does.

To determine the best option, we encourage you to visit our office for a consultation. At your appointment, we’ll examine your mouth, discuss your options with you, and provide you with information about treatment costs. Then, you’ll be ready to make the best decision for you.

If you’re ready to schedule your orthodontics consultation, we encourage you to do so today. It’s easy! You can request an appointment with Dr. Walton or Dr. Petry online by clicking here or by calling our office at 330.434.3485. We are conveniently located at 508 E. Exchange Street in the heart of Akron.