Have you considered improving the health and appearance of your smile with orthodontic treatment?
Call our practice. We’ll assess your needs and create a customised treatment plan, whether your concerns are crowding, wide spacing, or even bite misalignments.
Straight teeth are an important part of a healthy smile.
Teeth that are tightly packed together, twisted, or overlapping, are more difficult to keep clean. This results in decay (also known as cavities or caries), periodontal (gum) disease, and other problems.
Widely spaced teeth can also cause problems. The spaces often trap food, which can lead to bacterial build-up and bad breath.
Malocclusion, or a misaligned bite, can also have consequences down the road. When your teeth don’t come together correctly, the result could be a clenching and grinding habit (known as bruxism) or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (disorders of the jaw joint). These eventually lead to tooth damage such as fractures and wear along with jaw pain and even symptoms like tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and migraine headaches.
We’d like to help you prevent these problems, and braces are often the best solution.
How Braces Work
While different orthodontic options are available, they simply can’t treat the same range of problems as conventional bracket-and-wire braces.
Every mouth is different, so we’ll design a treatment plan that fits your unique needs. Once you have approved the plan, we’ll begin by cementing the brackets to your teeth. The arch wire, which runs through the brackets, adjusts the positioning of the teeth. By placing pressure on your teeth, the wire nudges them into proper alignment.
If we need additional pressure to guide your teeth, springs or rubber bands may be used. These are also effective when we are correcting occlusion issues.
Every few weeks, we’ll check your progress and make adjustments. Orthodontic treatment is often completed in phases. This means that we may need to move one section of teeth first to provide more space for the other section of teeth. Your dentist will discuss this with you when presenting your treatment plan so you know what to expect.
Once you’ve made an investment in the health of your smile, it’s important to maintain it.
Without support, your teeth will eventually drift back to their original positions. Your custom-made retainer will hold your teeth in place and prevent this problem.
During treatment, your teeth lose some stability. This stability returns once treatment is complete, but it takes a year or more for your bones and gums to adapt. During that time, the retainer will help you maintain the new position of your teeth.
Retainers can be either fixed in place or removable. Your dentist will discuss both of these options for you and recommend the best type. This usually depends on a number of factors, including what types of corrections we have made to your teeth.
Would You Like to Learn More?
Schedule an orthodontic evaluation at our office to find out more about the health of your smile and whether you would benefit from braces or other orthodontic treatment.