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Many people think of crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned teeth as purely a cosmetic issue. While we want all of our patients to be comfortable with the way their teeth look, that isn’t the primary reason why we often recommend orthodontic treatment. If you have a misaligned smile, moving your teeth into their proper positions can protect them from excess wear and tear, give you a more comfortable bite, and make it easier for you to maintain a clean, fresh mouth.

If you would like to explore your orthodontic treatment options, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our on-staff orthodontist in Meriden, Dr. Ji Young Lim, will be pleased to help you achieve a smile that is straighter, healthier, and more attractive.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works


smiling woman with straight teethThe orthodontic treatment process begins when a qualified doctor evaluates the alignment of your teeth and jaw. Through X-rays and a visual examination, Dr. Lim can determine how well your teeth fit together as well as if their misalignment poses a threat to your oral health.

Once Dr. Lim gets to know more about your specific needs, we can get to work on planning your treatment. Both braces and clear aligners use the same science to reposition teeth. Because teeth have a natural capacity for small movements, applying gentle pressure to them for a long period of time allows orthodontic appliances to move them into their proper places. Sometimes, extra attachments are necessary to help braces or Invisalign work as efficiently as possible.

After your treatment officially begins, you can expect an exciting journey as your teeth gradually move toward their proper places. In just a few months, you may begin to notice a difference in how your smile looks and functions.

Traditional Braces


smiling woman with bracesTraditional braces are a time-tested way for addressing mild to severe orthodontic problems. They rely on the use of brackets and wires that fit snugly around the teeth. Periodically, you must visit our office to get the braces tightened. This treatment option comes with several notable advantages.

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Many adults prefer Invisalign in Meriden as their orthodontic treatment. Instead of using brackets and wires, Invisalign employs a series of clear, removable aligners. It therefore offers a cosmetic advantage over traditional metal braces. It also has fewer dietary restrictions. This treatment is appropriate for most cases of mild to moderate misalignment issues.

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