Orthodontics refers to treatments and preventive efforts that improve and maintain the ideal alignment of the teeth and the jaw. There are many reported benefits of orthodontics for teeth straightening, including an improved smile, better mouth function, and a reduced risk of cavities and other oral health concerns.
Orthodontics for a straighter and more attractive smile
The primary purpose of orthodontics is to help the patient achieve a straighter smile. This is often done for cosmetic purposes, but there are functional and oral health benefits as well. This review discusses the role that orthodontics plays in teeth straightening, the treatment options that are available, and how the treatment process works.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on improving and maintaining the alignment of a person’s smile. This includes addressing issues such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and jaw misalignments such as overbites, underbites, etc.
How can orthodontics straighten teeth?
Orthodontic care straightens teeth by shifting teeth into their ideal alignment by putting pressure on the teeth and gently pushing and pulling them in the proper direction. Orthodontics also addresses jaw misalignments. As teeth shift into the ideal alignment, the jaw's position generally improves. Dentists can use “elastics” to help improve jaw alignment as well. Other treatments, such as tooth extraction, may also be involved with the treatment plan.
What are orthodontic treatment options?
The two primary orthodontic solutions are metal braces and clear aligners. Both have notable differences that are important to understand. Metal braces involve the use of brackets that attach to the visible surface of each tooth and a metal wire that runs through the brackets. Clear aligners involve the use of aligner trays that are worn over teeth.
Both options work by moving teeth into the proper position. Metal braces are not removable, whereas clear aligners must be removed during the patient’s oral care routine and while eating. Other orthodontic options include ceramic braces and lingual braces.
How does the treatment process work?
The orthodontics treatment process is personalized for every patient, but it typically starts with a consultation visit. On the first visit, the dentist and patient can determine which treatment option is most appropriate (typically either braces or clear aligners). The treatment process can begin on a follow-up visit.
Who should consider orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is right for anyone with a misalignment of their teeth or jaw that causes cosmetic, oral health, or functional concerns. The most notable concerns that can be addressed through orthodontics are crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, gaps between teeth, underbites, overbites, and crossbites. The recommended treatment may depend on the severity of the misalignment.
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Orthodontics is an ideal way to achieve an aligned smile that gives you confidence. If you would like to learn more about orthodontic solutions that can help you meet your cosmetic goals, call us or send us a message today.
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