Good oral health begins with a healthy set of teeth. Since crooked teeth are more difficult to brush and floss, it’s easier to develop tooth decay or gum disease. You might even lose a few teeth due to extensive cavities that damage the teeth beyond repair. A poorly aligned jaw and crowded teeth may lead to poor chewing capability, discomfort in the jaw, headaches, neck pain, and stress on your gums as well as on your teeth and
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics refers to the treatment of improperly positioned teeth (malocclusion) that create a poor bite. Orthodontic treatment, which make utilizes braces or Invisalign, modify the position of your teeth by gently moving them into a new alignment. I am a board-certified specialist who has been trained to diagnose and treat irregularities in the positioning of the teeth and alignment of the jaw.
How Does It Work?
Orthodontic treatment uses a set of braces or Invisalign clear aligners to gently persuade the teeth to move into new positions in order to create a better fit and bite for the teeth and jaw. This process works because it makes use of the flexibility of the bone to remodel or reshape itself to accommodate the movement of your teeth. The pressure that is used is very minor, but it is consistent.
Traditional orthodontic appliances or braces are made from metal brackets and wires, while modern ones are made from plastic or ceramic materials. Modern braces are often referred to as clear or invisible braces since they are styled to look as though they don’t exist.
Ceramic braces use clear or tooth-colored pieces of ceramic that are temporarily attached to the front of the teeth and flexible wires to move the teeth to the intended positioning. Traditional braces are designed in much the same manner except that they use metal brackets instead of ceramic material.
Invisalign® uses a set of clear trays that are initially molded to the shape of the patient’s teeth and then slightly modified to encourage movement of the teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?
The advantages of orthodontic treatment vary for people because everyone has a different set of concerns. For some patients, the benefit is simply a straighter smile, while for other individuals, it might be improved self-image. In general, you can expect at least one, if not more, of the following advantages once you go through your braces treatment:
Improved bite, making it easier to bite and chew
A more attractive smile
Easier time with brushing and flossing
Better oral health
Common Orthodontic Problems
Quite a few problems can be fixed with treatment. They include:
What Is the Average Treatment Time?
The length of time needed for successful orthodontic treatment varies. Factors that
influence how long it takes include:
The severity of crowding and crookedness
The patient’s willingness to follow the recommended treatment process
Existing dental problems, including gum disease, cavities, and missing
teeth. I will work with your general dentist to time your coordinate dental
and orthodontic needs.