Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with treating improper bites and crooked teeth. It can help fix overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, and overlapping teeth. While most people think of braces for kids, adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as well.
Importance of orthodontics
Many patients in need of orthodontic treatment have crowded or crooked teeth that are difficult to keep clean. Bite problems can also contribute to gum disease because your top and bottom teeth do not come together properly when biting down. Other common bite issues that cause oral health concerns include underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
Braces are a common treatment used to correct cosmetic and functional problems with teeth. More than half of U.S. teens between the ages of 12 and 18 are wearing some form of orthodontic appliance to correct their teeth alignment. Adult braces are also an option to straighten misaligned teeth and to improve the appearance of the smile. In addition to traditional metal braces, many adults opt for Invisalign and other invisible treatment options.
No matter what treatment option you choose, an orthodontist can help you improve your smile and your oral health at the same time. If you are interested in getting braces as an adult or for your child, make an appointment with your dentist. From there, our dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your treatment options with you.
Common orthodontic problems
Orthodontic treatment can address a variety of issues, including crooked teeth or alignment issues, gum disease, jaw misalignments, and even cosmetic concerns like dark or discolored teeth. Braces and aligners can fix these problems and help you feel confident about your smile.
Another popular concern is overbites or underbites, which can occur if the upper and lower jaws don’t develop properly. This can cause problems with chewing and speaking and cause the teeth to wear down faster than usual. Fortunately, many cases of underbite or overbite can be corrected through orthodontic treatment. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your teeth, braces and aligners can often help. In fact, many people, both young and old, use orthodontics to achieve a perfect smile!
Invisalign® and braces treatment process
At your consultation, our dentist will evaluate the position of your teeth and discuss if there are orthodontic issues that could be addressed with orthodontics. If any issues are present, we will discuss them with you so that you can decide if you would like to go ahead with orthodontic treatment.
Your appointment will also include an evaluation of your oral health. If you have any issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, these will need to be treated before moving forward with an orthodontic procedure. It is best to have these issues taken care of before starting any treatments because your teeth and gums need to be healthy in order for your orthodontic treatment to be successful.
Once you have decided on a treatment plan, your schedule will then be created based on the estimated time that it will take to complete your treatment. During your first appointment, the orthodontist will place your appliances, and they will show you how to care for them. Then you will schedule your next visit to have your braces tightened and adjusted so that the fit is perfect for you.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (801)- 269-0303 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 155 E 13800 S Ste F4, Draper, UT, Draper 84020.