Crooked, misaligned teeth are problematic not only because they mar a patient’s appearance, but also because they threaten his or her oral health.
At Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we provide effective orthodontic treatments to help our patients enjoy a beautiful smile and better oral health.
Fix crooked teeth with orthodontics
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with correcting and preventing problems with the position of one’s teeth and bite. Commonly, it involves the use of braces and other appliances. Orthodontic treatment can also involve tooth extractions or other surgical procedures. A dentist who provides orthodontic treatment is called an orthodontist.
What is a malocclusion?
A malocclusion is a bite problem in which the top and bottom teeth do not align properly. Malocclusions can take many forms, such as underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Some malocclusions involve teeth that are crowded, spaced too far apart, protruding, or have come in through the gums out of place.
Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?
Patients of all ages who have crooked teeth, gaps or crowding, bite problems, or other issues can greatly benefit from undergoing orthodontic treatment. When teeth are out of their proper positions, some teeth will end up doing more work than others, causing uneven wear.
Patients with very crooked teeth may have difficulty eating or speaking clearly.
It can also be difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene when teeth are crooked, so getting orthodontic treatment can help prevent decay, as well.
In addition to correcting problems that impact the patient’s oral health or interfere with the patient’s ability to eat or speak normally, orthodontic treatment is often used to improve the patient’s appearance.
Straightening one’s teeth frequently leads to higher self esteem and more confidence.
What kinds of braces are available?
For kids, traditional metal braces are the best option. These are created out of stainless steel and are cemented to the fronts of the teeth. They can only be removed by an orthodontist.
Teenagers can use metal braces, but they also have the option of using the Invisalign® clear braces system. Invisalign consists of a series of clear, plastic aligners that can be removed for meals or when brushing. There is a special version of the system called Invisalign Teen, which includes a special wear indicator to ensure the aligners are being worn often enough. Adults can choose between metal braces and Invisalign. Many choose Invisalign because the aligners are unnoticeable and conveniently removable. Others choose metal braces, often because they are typically the less expensive option.
What care is needed after orthodontic treatment?
Patients who have had braces or used another orthodontic appliance usually need a retainer afterward. An orthodontic retainer is a simple appliance worn to prevent the teeth from shifting back out of place. Some patients have retainers that are removable and worn at night, and others have retainers that are permanently attached to the back of his or her teeth.
If you have crooked teeth that you want to straighten, call us today for your complimentary consultation-- find out how orthodontics can transform your smile!