Orthodontics is a type of dental care that focuses on fixing problems with crooked teeth and jaw misalignments. In the past, orthodontic treatment was mostly for young people, but now almost one-third of patients are adults.
About This Treatment
Aligning your teeth has many benefits, such as easier brushing, healthier teeth, clearer speaking, and a better-looking smile. This type of treatment offers both health and cosmetic benefits. Orthodontics can fix problems such as overlapping, irregularly positioned, or crowded teeth, and also address issues with jaw alignment.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Suitable for Me?
Adults who can identify with any of the following may benefit from adult orthodontic treatment:
- Do you feel self-conscious and hide your smile or laugh?
- Do you have teeth that are overly crowded or have gaps between them?
- Are your teeth crooked?
- Do you struggle to reach all surfaces of your teeth while brushing and cleaning?
- Is chewing difficult?
- Do you have prominent teeth that stick out from the others?
Advanced Treatment Options for Misalignment
Orthodontics is a sophisticated field that provides various solutions for crooked teeth, jaw misalignments, and cosmetic dental problems. The orthodontist will first conduct a visual examination, panoramic x-rays, and study models (bite impressions) to determine the nature of the issue.
Once a diagnosis is made, several treatment options are available, including:
Fixed Orthodontic Braces – This involves attaching a metal or ceramic dental base to each tooth and inserting a dental wire through the bases. The orthodontist adjusts the wire regularly to gradually align the teeth until the desired results are achieved, after which the braces are removed.
Removable Appliances – These include headgear, Hawley retainers, and face masks, which are all used to improve the position of teeth and correct underbites or overbites.
Invisalign® – This is a newer type of removable aligner that is transparent and doesn’t interfere with eating. It works just like traditional metal braces to align teeth. However, not all patients will qualify for Invisalign® treatment.
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