Orthodontic treament (Braces)
Orthodontic treatments are highly successful and may occur in either two or three distinct phases.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image.
While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth which can lead to tooth decay and possibly gum disease or tooth loss.
Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces.
Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:
Breathing or swallowing problems
Disfiguring of the face & mouth
Overjet (protruding upper teeth)
Spacing between teeth
Jaw & jaw joint pain
Missing or extra teeth
Underbite (lower jaw protrusion)
Speech, chewing or biting problems
Orthodontic treatment phases
Your first couple of visits will include the following:
A medical and dental history evaluation.
Castings or molds of your teeth.
Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning.
Photographs of your face and mouth.
X-rays of the teeth and jaws.
After careful planning, your orthodontist will discuss your planned treatment with you and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.
Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.
When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made.
Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.
Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.