Most people have considered straightening their teeth at some time in their lives. Orthodontics can improve your appearance, your dento-facial health by improving the mouth’s ability to self clean and improve the chewing function of your teeth.
Whether it’s traditional dental braces, invisible retainers or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!
Orthodontics is specifically concerned with diagnosing and treating tooth misalignment and irregularity in the jaw area.
Initially, orthodontic treatments were geared toward the treatment of teens and pre-teens, but these days around 30 percent of orthodontic dental patients are adults.
There are many advantages to well-aligned teeth, including easier cleaning, better oral hygiene, clearer speech and a more pleasant smile. Though orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, the American Dental Association suggests that an orthodontic assessment should be performed around the age of seven.
The earlier orthodontic treatment begins, the more quickly the problem can be successfully resolved.
Although patients of any age can benefit from dental braces, they tend to work much quicker on children, pre-teens and teenagers. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children should first see an orthodontist around the age of seven years-old. An orthodontic examination may be beneficial before age seven if facial or oral irregularities are noted.
Functional Appliances – These fixed and removable appliances are utilized in the 1st phase to correct jaw asymmetries, discrepancies and abnormalities.
Fixed Braces – Braces comprised of brackets which are affixed to each individual tooth, and an archwire which connect the brackets. The brackets are usually made of metal, ceramic, or a clear synthetic material which is less noticeable to the naked eye. After braces have been applied, the child will have regular appointments to have the braces adjusted by the orthodontist. Orthodontic elastic bands are often added to the braces to aid in the movement of specific teeth.
Headgear – This type of appliance is most useful to treat developmental irregularities. A headgear is a custom-made appliance attached to wire that is worn to aid in tooth movement. A headgear is intended to be worn for 12-20 hours r each day and must be worn as recommended to achieve good results.
Retainers – Retainers are typically utilized in the third phase (retention phase). When the original malocclusion has been treated with braces, it is essential that the teeth do not regress back to the original misalignment. Wearing a retainer ensures the teeth maintain their proper alignment, and gives the jawbone around the teeth a chance to stabilize.
Orthodontic dental braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontic dental braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at re-aligning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.
Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which in many cases leads to poor self esteem and a lack of self confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
Fortunately, orthodontic braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient for adults. There are now a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic devices available, depending on the precise classification of the malocclusion.
The most common types of malocclusion are underbite (lower teeth protrude further than upper teeth), overbite (upper teeth protrude further than lower teeth) and overcrowding, where there is insufficient space on the arches to accommodate the full complement of adult teeth.
Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque and tooth decay. Orthodontic braces can greatly exacerbate any or all of these conditions.
Most people think that braces are going to be a big chunk of change coming from their pocket. This is not true. The cost of Braces these days can be very affordable and a great investment.
If you think about it, you have one set of teeth for the rest of your life, so why not make them perfect! Call us for a free consultation and we can review your insurance to be able to give you the best price possible for your braces!
Invisalign® can be easily removed to eat, drink, and brush. Conventional braces need attentive care to keep them clean and a particular diet to avoid breaking the wires. Teenagers are already stressed from school, sports, and social interaction; they might forget to properly clean their braces or choose to eat hard, tacky foods and chew gum even knowing they shouldn’t.
Invisalign®, however, avoids these difficulties by simply removing the alignment tray when needed. Invisalign® in White Rock provides teens with a more easy, suitable, and confident method of teeth straightening.
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