Nice smiles get noticed.
Your smile is your greeting to the world .It’s also a window to an important part of your dental health –the alignment of your teeth. Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked teeth or spaces between the teeth may be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness.
Improperly aligned teeth and jaws called ”malocclusion”(bad bite) also can lead to tooth decay and a host of sometimes painful dental disorders. The good news is that orthodontic treatment can correct malocclusions and help you achieve Healthy, Beautiful Smile that’s Good For Life.
But an attractive smile is just one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Proper orthodontic treatment can help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, chewing, airway and digestive disorders
What causes orthodontic problems?
Most orthodontic problems (malocclusions) are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired as a result of thumb- or finger sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth, or other causes.
When should children get a check-up for an orthodontic check up?
we recommend that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. A check-up no later than age 7 gives us the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time.
Types of braces
Metal Braces – The most popular choice with younger patients, metal brackets are attached to the teeth and tiny rubber bands (ligatures) are used to hold the tiny arch wire onto the brackets. Metal braces are the least expensive of all types of braces. The ligature ties also come in a choice of rainbow colors.
Clear Braces – A popular choice for adults, because the ceramic brackets blend in with the teeth and are less noticeable. Made from high-tech ceramic, the brackets are smooth around the edges producing a comfortable fit. The brackets are strong and generally do not stain. The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are white or clear. Ligatures are changed each time you get an adjustment – usually, monthly.
Lingual (behind the teeth) Braces – Made from metal, Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth, and are therefore virtually invisible to other people. The obvious benefit of this type of treatment is that no one will know that you are wearing braces unless they look inside your teeth.
When you need orthodontic treatment
If you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
• Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
• Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
• Speech difficulty
• Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
• Protruding teeth
• Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
• Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of
proportion to the rest of the face)
• Grinding or clenching of teeth
• Inability to comfortably close lips