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Orthodontic Treatments

The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image.

While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth which can lead to tooth decay and possibly gum disease or tooth loss.

Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces.

Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.

Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:

  • Breathing or swallowing problems: Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Crossbite: One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
  • Disfiguring of the face & mouth: Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
  • Overjet (protruding upper teeth): Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
  • Spacing between teeth: Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
  • Jaw & jaw joint pain.
  • Crowding: Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
  • Deep Overbite: The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
  • Missing or extra teeth: Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
  • Self-image: An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
  • Underbite (lower jaw protrusion): Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
  • Speech, chewing or biting problems.

Orthodontic treatment phases:

  • Planning Phase: Your first couple of visits will include the following:
    • A medical and dental history evaluation.
    • Castings or molds of your teeth.
    • Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning.
    • Photographs of your face and mouth.
    • X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

    After careful planning, your orthodontist will discuss your planned treatment with you and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

  • Active Phase: Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.
  • Retention Phase: When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions. Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.