ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – October is National Orthodontic Health Month and Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth’s Burnsville orthodontics practice is using the month to encourage more adults who want a perfect smile to consider orthodontic treatment.
There is a variety of aesthetic options that are popular among adults who want straight teeth, but don’t want others to see their appliances.
One option is Invisalign, said Eisenhuth, a Burnsville braces and Invisalign provider. This system uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth over time. They are appealing to adults, because they can be removed for photos, special occasions, when eating, for oral hygiene and when involved in public speaking engagements, to name a few examples.
“When Invisalign aligners are worn, it’s difficult for others to tell that you’re wearing an orthodontic appliance,” Eisenhuth said.
For some orthodontic cases, lingual braces are available. Lingual braces are worn on the backs of the teeth and cannot be seen when the patient talks or smiles.
There also are clear or tooth-colored brackets available for use. These more closely resemble the traditional braces most adults think of when they think of orthodontic treatment. However, they are less noticeable because their coloring more closely resembles natural tooth color.
Having straight teeth can do more than simply make a person feel more confident about their smile or improve a their self-esteem, Eisenhuth said. It’s healthier for people to have straight teeth.
Crooked, crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean and free of tartar and plaque build-up because they provide more tight areas and crevices for food to settle in. When areas are difficult to reach with a toothbrush, that can be a recipe for tooth decay, she said.
When teeth are straight, it helps lessen the potential for bone loss, gum disease and tooth decay.
“These are things that we want to prevent in patients regardless of their age, and you’re never too old to take corrective action,” Eisenhuth said. “For those adults who feel as though braces are just for kids and the opportunity for straight teeth has passed them by, we want them to know that is not the case- we have lots of options for them.”
About National Orthodontic Health Month
The U.S. House of Representatives first declared October as National Orthodontic Health Month in 2007 at the request of the American Association of Orthodontists. The AAO represents approximately 95 percent of orthodontists in the U.S and it focuses on public policy, education and increasing awareness of orthodontic care.
If you would like to learn more about orthodontic treatment for adults or you are interested in scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth, please call: (651) 406-8100 or visit her Web site: www.doctorjennifer.com. Her office is located at 3340 Sherman Ct. in Eagan.
About Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth
Dr. Eisenhuth attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in the top of her class. She earned the Minnesota Association of Orthodontic Achievement Award and several academic achievement awards. She entered her orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota and earned a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.
Dr. Eisenhuth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
She takes pride in caring for the orthodontic needs of residents in the Twin Cities- St. Paul and Minneapolis, and their surrounding regions, including Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, Apple Valley and Eagan, Minnesota.
Her office is located at 3340 Sherman Court, Eagan, Minn., 55121.
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