Who Can Benefit From Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that is concerned with diagnosing, treating and preventing malocclusions (bad bites) and other irregularities in the jaw region and face. With help of trained dentist you can correct these problems and restore health, functionality and a beautiful aesthetic appearance of your smile. Though orthodontics was originally aimed at treating children and teenagers, almost one third of orthodontic patients are now adults.
A malocclusion (improper bite) can affect anyone at any age, and can significantly impact the individual’s clarity of speech, chewing ability and facial symmetry. In addition, a severe malocclusion can also contribute to several serious dental and physical conditions such as digestive difficulties, TMD, periodontal (gum) disease and severe tooth decay. Today, a person of any age can be successfully treated. It is important to seek orthodontic treatment early to avoid expensive restorative procedures in the future.
What problems can be treated?
Orthodontics can treat a wide range of dental problems including overcrowding, spacing, overbites and underbites, cross bites, deep bites and open bites. Although in most cases, the teeth can be completely re-aligned, some corrections may need the assistance of a maxillofacial surgeon to correct skeletal discrepancies.
How can orthodontics help?
Orthodontics offers a variety of techniques which will re-align the teeth and revitalize your smile. There are several treatments your dentist may use. Depending on the results of X-rays, diagnostic models (bite impressions), and a thorough visual examination, your dentist may recommend either fixed dental braces (metal or ceramic brackets which are affixed to each tooth and an archwire which is used to gradually move the teeth through the duration of the treatment) or removable appliances, retainers, or Invisalign® aligners (which are almost invisible to the naked eye).
Whatever the dental irregularity or the age of the individual, orthodontic appliances can re-align your teeth and create a beautiful smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic treatments or how they can benefit you, please contact our office.