When your teeth are straight, you’re able to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth also contribute to healthy teeth and gums and can even prevent physical health problems from occurring. Straight teeth contribute to higher self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image – important qualities at any age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. In this way, orthodontic treatments can help with your social and career success, as well as help improve your general attitude toward life.
Straight teeth are less prone to decay, gum disease and injury, they collect less plaque and can also decrease the risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Regarding injuries to your teeth, protruding teeth are more likely to be broken in an accident. When repositioned and aligned properly, these teeth have a decreased risk for fracture.
Untreated orthodontic problems may worsen. They can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, destruction of the bone that holds teeth in place, and chewing and digestive difficulties. Orthodontic problems can wear the tooth surface unevenly, can lead to inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, sometimes leading to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. Treatment by your orthodontist to correct any problems early may be less expensive than the dental care needed to treat serious problems that develop in later years.
Orthodontics provide a healthy, happy smile. Once your braces come off, you’ll gain additional self-confidence. During your treatment, we’ll make you feel as comfortable as we can. Now is a great time to wear braces! The days of metal bands with brackets around each tooth are gone. You can choose your bracket color, either clear or metallic color and you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires have become less noticeable, and innovative materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to you.
Orthodontic appliances are primarily made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Depending on the appliance(s) needed, they can be removable or permanently bonded to the teeth. Braces put a gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth to a corrected position.
Treatment time vary from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Early treatment procedures usually take as little as six months.
Orthodontic procedures treat dental and facial irregularities, including a comprehensive diagnosis and preventative measures.
Orthodontists specialize in the management of tooth movement and guide facial development. Orthodontists must acquire an advanced degree to gain the proper certifications to practice orthodontic procedures.