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In the past, orthodontic braces had the stigma of being reserved for teenagers with an awkward smile. They were sometimes perceived as having more cosmetic value than functional meaning.

However, adults with misaligned teeth are at increased risk of suffering from varying dental conditions. This could include tooth enamel attrition from excessive wear or dental fractures related to malocclusion.

In recent years an increasing number of adults have embraced the concept of braces to help correctly newly formed deviations with their dentition. These changes in the alignment of the teeth can sometimes be related to genetics, the aging process, or a missing tooth that wasn’t restored in a timely manner.  

In a situation like this, the orthodontic specialists at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC can often correct the alignment of your teeth with some form of orthodontic braces.

If the deviation in your dentition is minor, the alignment of your teeth might be corrected in a short amount of time through a brand of clear plastic aligners like Invisalign®.

If you are struggling with more significant alignment issues Dr. Shelley Tretter and her team might recommend installing traditional braces in your mouth. This would be followed up regularly timed adjustment sessions which will tighten your braces, to gradually reposition your teeth.

In some of these cases, Dr. Shelley Tretter might also be able to coat some of the visible hardware components with dental porcelain. This material can be matched to your natural tooth enamel making it harder for the casual observer to even notice you have braces.

If you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area and you have an uncorrected alignment issue with your teeth, you should call 513-697-9999 to schedule a braces consultation at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC’s orthodontic clinic.