Orthodontics and Your Smile
Orthodontics is a sub-set of dentistry that focuses on the placement of your teeth. While some may see this as a purely cosmetic task, it is also one that will benefit your dental, oral, and overall health. Orthodontic appliances are used to straighten teeth, which not only creates a better looking smile, but also helps correct bite issues.
Where and how the teeth grow affects the position of the jaw and the shape of the face. Our orthodontic expert looks at how the teeth of the lower and upper jaws fit together. This is what creates malocclusions such as under, over, open, and cross bites. Images of these show just how drastically they can affect the facial structure. An over bite will cause the jaw to grow much further back than normal.
Furthermore, crooked teeth untreated by orthodontic care can lead to poor dental health. Teeth that overlap create spaces that are hard to clean properly. This leads to build up of bacteria and plaque, which cause dental cavities. Investing in orthodontic work will prevent restorative treatments in the future.
Your orthodontic experience will begin with our expert examining your teeth and bite. If it is decided that your smile will benefit from orthodontic treatments, they will then take impressions, x-rays, and photo images of your teeth, from the roots to the top of the crowns. These will be used to create your appliance, which you will decide upon together beforehand.
The length of your treatment will depend on several factors, most important of which is the severity of your condition. Visit our office today to learn exactly how orthodontics could help your smile.
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