Orthodontic treatments use the body’s natural ability to regenerate its own tissue by using consistent, light force to slowly and gently move teeth into better positions and reshape bone. It is never too late to get braces. Orthodontics can help increase your self-confidence, which can in turn benefit your social and professional life. Aligned teeth don’t just help with looks, but it will also help you bite, chew, and speak better. Properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean which will result in a healthier mouth.
Many general dentists are doing basic alignment and orthodontics, but orthodontists specialize in correcting irregularities of the teeth. Search for an orthodontist.
What Do Orthodontics Treat?
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of misaligned teeth and bite problems, including:
Common Types of Orthodontic Devices
Braces are the most common method for achieving optimally aligned teeth. The braces may consist of bands, wires, and other corrective appliances.
In order to correct any bite problems, the teeth need to be moved. Here are a few ways we can gently move teeth:
- Traditional braces are small metal brackets that are bonded to the front of the teeth with a thin wire running through them
- Clear braces are ceramic or plastic brackets held together by a slim archwire.
- Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, but they are bonded to the back of your teeth.
- Removable clear aligners, like Invisalign are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth.
After your braces are removed, it is very important to wear a retainer as directed. Teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations and wearing a retainer holds your teeth in their new position long enough for new bone and ligament to form around them. A retainer helps keep your gorgeous smile looking good for a lifetime.
The only way to determine the right orthodontic treatment for you is by making an appointment with your orthodontist. They can then review your teeth and give you their recommended treatment plan.
Who Do I See For Orthodontic Treatment?
The first step is to go to the dentist, so they can professionally clean your teeth and treat other oral care conditions like periodontal problems or tooth extraction that need to be addressed before orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth and then make a treatment recommendation. Treating a misaligned bite sooner rather than later is always the best option. Talk to a dentist or orthodontist about when it’s best to begin treatment for you or your children.