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Orthodontics at Smile Design Dentistry

Crooked teeth are unappealing, and gaps and misaligned teeth can cause discomfort and cosmetic concerns. Our mission at Smile Design is to provide a comfortable environment for designing your ideal smile.


What are Orthodontics?

Orthodontics specializes in correcting dental and facial irregularities. As General Dentists with Orthodontic training, we address teeth and jaw misalignments using various techniques and tools. At Smile Design, we provide solutions, including dental braces and Invisalign, to prevent and correct these issues.


Who Needs Orthodontic Services?

Orthodontic services are aimed at correcting the following:

  • Straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.
  • Correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other malocclusions (improper bites).
  • Improve the alignment of the jaw.
  • Enhance facial aesthetics and smile appearance.
  • Address issues related to jaw joint disorders (TMJ).


Adults and children can receive orthodontic treatment, though the best time and strategy may change. Depending on the case’s complexity and the treatment approach, the course might range from a few months to a few years.

Orthodontic care solves aesthetic issues and improves the quality of life. By solving these, our clients have reported chewing pain subsiding, better sleep, fewer jaw locks, and a comfier feel. Our services are perfect for treating clients with ongoing issues and those who have just started noticing something. If that describes you, come in for a consultation!


What Orthodontic Services are offered at Smile Design?

Our team focuses on two methods of treating misalignment: dental braces and Invisalign. We use conventional dental braces. After all, they are a tried and true method, and Invisalign because they have become the popular alternative due to their comfort and ease.



This treatment emerged at the dawn of the 2000s and has grown in popularity. This approach uses removable, clear aligners to straighten teeth and carefully correct misalignments. Our Invisalign aligners are smooth, clear plastic. Invisalign is custom-made on a client-by-client basis using digital impressions.

This method creates a precise and comfortable fit. Our clients go through a series of aligners, each one differing from the previous, which will allow for gradual movement of the teeth into the desired position. As the name would suggest, Invisalign is invisible, which is a significant factor in its popularity. 


What are the cons of having Invisalign?

Following the guidelines for 20 to 22 hours daily determines whether the treatment succeeds. Some patients may need help with adherence to this schedule. Some individuals get temporary speech impediments. While Invisalign offers more comfort, some pressure will occur when transitioning to a new set of aligners.


Dental Braces

At Smile Design, we address all the issues. While Invisalign is an excellent option, dental braces can remedy severe misalignments, extreme gaps, and a large overbite.


How long do teeth braces last?

We offer a holistic and personal approach, which means that the treatment time depends on the severity of the issue, the type of braces, and the client’s response. On average, 18 to 36 months can be expected with metal braces. Our promise at Smile Design is to monitor the process to keep it as short as possible while achieving optimal results.


What is the age limit for braces?

We do not recommend anyone under 9 to undergo this treatment unless there is a severe orthodontic problem. Thousands of adults undergo orthodontic treatment every year. No matter your age, we encourage you to visit Smile Design for a consultation so we can guide you through your journey to the perfect smile.


How painful are braces?

Everyone experiences some degree of discomfort, but the intensity and duration change. It is often characterized by pressure, soreness, and irritation. When the braces are first applied, a little discomfort is expected from the teeth and surrounding tissues as they adjust. Some clients experience occasional irritation from wires. Severe pain is rare and often a sign of an underlying issue. At Smile Design, we make the experience as comfortable and simple as possible.


Invisalign Vs. Braces



  • Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic. This discreet appearance is often preferred by individuals who wish to undergo orthodontic treatment without metal braces.
  • Braces consist of metal brackets and wires. While advancements such as ceramic or tooth-colored braces offer a less conspicuous option, braces are more noticeable.



  • Invisalign aligners are custom-made, reducing the likelihood of irritation. Patients may experience some discomfort when transitioning to a new set of aligners.
  • Braces: The brackets and wires can irritate. Patients may experience soreness after adjustments and need orthodontic wax to alleviate irritation.



  • Invisalign Patients can remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss, reducing the risk of trapped food particles and minimizing the likelihood of decay or gum disease.
  • Braces Special care is needed to clean around the brackets and wires; additional tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes may be required to maintain oral hygiene.



  • Invisalign treatment duration depends on the complexity and the patient’s compliance. Sometimes, treatment with Invisalign may be faster.
  • Traditional Braces also depend on the severity of the misalignment and the treatment plan. Braces may be worn for an average of 18 to 36 months.


Orthodontics | Plymouth, MN

Orthodontic services can prevent and treat alignment issues. At Smile Design, we can ensure you will see improvements and have a comfortable experience. Book your consultation, and let’s design your perfect smile!

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted from tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are a cornerstone of cosmetic dentistry, offering a revolutionary way to correct dental imperfections such as chips, stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth.



How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the person’s age, the severity of their case, and the treatment method. On average, treatment can last between 18 to 24 months, but some cases may take shorter or longer.


Can I still eat my favorite foods with braces?

Patients are advised to avoid foods that can damage braces, such as hard, sticky, or chewy foods. However, many favorite foods can still be enjoyed if they are cut into small, manageable pieces or prepared in a braces-friendly manner.


How often should I brush my teeth with braces?

Brushing teeth thrice daily with braces, especially after meals, is recommended to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup. A fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush are also recommended, along with flossing daily.


Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?

Yes, wearing a retainer after braces is crucial to maintain the results achieved through orthodontic treatment. The retainer helps keep teeth in new positions and prevents them from shifting back. The duration for which a retainer must be worn can vary, with some individuals needing to wear it full-time for a period and then transitioning to only at night.

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