Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that improves the alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve a person’s smile and overall health. Crooked teeth or teeth with a poor bite are harder to keep clean, at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and can potentially cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include improved chewing and health of the surrounding bone and gums, a more attractive appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
How do I know if I need Orthodontics? Orthodontic treatment can be successful in any age. In young children, it is known as interceptive orthodontics, and it can begin as early as age 6 or 7. At this age, teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing. That means certain conditions, such as crowding, may be easier to address.
It is important to note that early treatment does not apply to all orthodontic problems; however, it may help in certain cases. Children aren’t the only ones who benefit from proper orthodontic care. As detailed on MyBraces, there are also a variety of orthodontic treatment options for adults, including traditional and clear braces.
A few benefits of Orthodontic Treatment:
- Help alleviate grinding/TMJ issues
- Create a more harmonious bite and less wear
- Improve speech
- Improve the ability to clean teeth effectively
- Reduce incidence of gum disease
- Create a more attractive smile
We will perform an examination of your teeth, xrays and profile. If we determine you may benefit from braces or other orthodontic appliances, we will refer you to an orthodontic specialist.
Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible. While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums. While you are having orthodontic treatment, you need to continue to have regular check-ups with your family dental professional on a consistent basis to prevent problems.