Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Top Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics is one of the specialties of dentistry that deals with the proper alignment of teeth and jaws. You may think that it is okay to have crooked teeth as long as they do not have cavities. But did you know that having them can make it harder for you to brush thoroughly to keep your teeth clean and healthy? Having pearly whites that do not fit together properly makes it difficult to keep them clean because there are areas that are harder to reach. You will be at risk of losing your teeth early because of tooth decay and gum disease. It can also cause extra stress on your facial muscles causing TMJ syndrome and pain the shoulder and back. Crooked teeth may also negatively affect your appearance.

Benefits of Orthodontics

The benefits are aplenty. They will not only correct your crooked teeth but they can also make your appearance pleasing and take care of your teeth so they can last a lifetime. A dentist who specializes in this field is called an orthodontist. He/she received additional years of education beyond his/her four years of attending dental school. If your current dentist is not an orthodontist, he/she may refer you to one if you need orthodontics. Your dentist can decide whether you need to wear braces, for instance, based on your medical and dental health history, as well as clinical examination, special x-rays, and dental photos.

Who are Good Candidates for This Type of Treatment?

Buck teeth or overbite is one of the signs that you need orthodontic treatment. This is where your upper front teeth stick out over your lower teeth. Underbite, on the other hand, is having a bulldog appearance. It is the opposite of overbite where your lower teeth are lying too far forward. Other conditions that may need orthodontic treatment will include crossbite, open bite, spacing, crowding, and misplaced midline.

How do Invisalign Aligners Straighten Teeth?

Before beginning your treatment, one of our dentists will create a 3D image of your teeth using digital x-rays, dental impressions, and even pictures. This model will be used to create a treatment plan that has been customized to your specific bite issues. Your aligners will be created in a professional dental laboratory and will gradually move your teeth over the course of 12 months. In most cases, you will be given a series of aligners, and each aligner will be worn for two weeks. The best part about this is that you will be able to move to the next stage without a visit to our office for painful adjustments. We’ll only need to check your progress and give you your next series of aligners every six weeks or so.

Are you a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment for many adults and teenagers. If you have overcrowded or poorly spaced teeth, or if you suffer from bite issues such as overbite, crossbite, or underbite, you may be an excellent candidate for treatment with Invisalign aligners.

Why Have Straight Your Teeth?

Straightening your teeth may be quite a challenge, especially if an appliance is fixed on your teeth. However, this will always result in better oral health. Crowded or crooked teeth can make oral hygiene difficult, which may lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Furthermore, an improper bite can interfere with how you chew or speak causing an abnormal wear to the enamel of your tooth or problems with your jaws.

Caring for your Teeth

While undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is important to create a flossing routine. Your dentist may prescribe an interdental brush or floss threader to make it easier to reach and get in between your teeth. Cleaning your teeth with braces must include the use of fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Then, use a fluoride mouthwash after you have brushed and flossed. This is to further prevent cavities. When you are playing sports, you should wear mouthguards. They can prevent damage to your orthodontic appliance. With the help of orthodontics, you can have straighter teeth that can significantly improve your oral health.

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