Many people believe that having aligned teeth is an aesthetic choice. However, crooked teeth and misaligned bites can result in several health issues, including headaches, back, hip, and jaw pain, as well as an increased chance of early tooth decay. The majority of individuals are not born with perfectly aligned teeth; fortunately, orthodontic treatments can help. Orthodontic treatment is a worthwhile investment, not only do they provide you with a beautiful smile, they improve your overall dental health.
Your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment to address the following:
Overbite: the top of your teeth protrude above your bottom teeth
Under-bite: your bottom teeth come out farther than your top teeth
Open bite: when you bite together, there are gaps between the surfaces of the teeth
Cross-bite: when you bite together, the upper teeth do not fall right in front of the lower teeth
Teeth do not fill your mouth properly, leaving numerous gaps
Your top teeth’s centerline does not line up with the main of the bottom teeth
Too many of your teeth are attempting to fit into the dental ridge
During your initial appointment, you and your orthodontic specialist will determine the court of treatment/s that are appropriate for you depending on your unique needs.
There are two types of appliances that help to correct problems with your teeth and jaws by applying hard but gentle pressure to align them. The two types of orthodontic appliances are fixed and removable.
Fixed Orthodontic Appliances: Braces are the most prevalent form of fixed orthodontic procedure. However, forget about the metal mouths of the past; new braces are lightweight, minimalist, and available in a variety of colors, making them more like a fashion accessory than a dental one. Braces are secured to the teeth and adjusted with a set of bands and wires operating at varying frequencies to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Fixed orthodontic appliances are also used to help manage thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, as well as fixed space maintainers that are used in children to retain an open space after an adult tooth emerges. This is most often used where a child requires extraction of an infant’s tooth before the adult tooth is ready.
Removable Orthodontic Appliances: There’s a much broader range of removable orthodontic appliances than ever before. Aligners are an excellent alternative to conventional braces since they are almost completely transparent. They should be worn all day only taken out to eat, brush teeth, and floss.
Retainers are used often by orthodontic patients. Their main function is to keep teeth from reverting to their original positions. Retainers are sometimes used after the treatment with braces has concluded.
Types of removable orthodontic appliances:
Lip and cheek protectants
Headgear – slows the growth of the upper jaw and moves the front teeth to a more normal position
Removable space maintainers
If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, orthodontic treatment may help. Contact us at Dental Designer to learn more and to start your journey toward a healthier mouth and a more confident smile.