Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw positions, and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected.
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for the first visit is at age seven. Generally, patients that require orthopedic jaw changes will be started at this age. If early intervention isn’t necessary the patient will be placed on six months recall visits until ready for orthodontics treatment at about age 11 or 12. An increasing number of adults are also undergoing treatment to improve their dental health, wellbeing and smiles. It’s never too late to start.
Come in for a complimentary consultation. Only your dentist and orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Our office provides free consultation to provide a better service to our community.
If you have any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
Your orthodontist will know what appliance is best for your particular problem, but the patient often has a choice. Braces generally come in different varieties: The most popular type of brackets are, metal or sapphire, that are bonded to teeth and are far less noticeable. All use wires to move the teeth to the desired position. Invisalign may also be an option for teens and adults.
That depends upon your treatment plan. Things that increase the complexity of treatment include, but are not limited to, spacing, crowding occlusion and development stages. Most patients can count on wearing full braces between 18 and 30 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer to maintain the final results.
The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, creating mild pressure on the brackets and bands to shift teeth or jaws gradually into the desired position. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room to relieve excess crowding for proper jaw alignment.
It is necessary to continue visiting your family dentist for periodic checkups and cleanings. Keeping up with dental visits as prescribed by your dentist will help you to maintain good oral and dental health during your orthodontic treatment.
Yes. Cut down on sweets, chips and soda pop. Sugary and starchy foods generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. Cut healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like caramel can cause wire damage and broken brackets. Avoid hard and crunchy snacks that can break braces, including popcorn, hard bread or pizza crusts, nuts and hard candy. More don’ts: ice cube chewing, thumb sucking, excessive mouth breathing, lip biting, nail biting and pushing your tongue against your teeth.
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