Unhappy with your teeth? Do you find they are crooked, crowded, or misaligned? Does this prevent you from smiling or cause speech problems? Have you ever considered orthodontic treatments? It is never too late to start!
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving your teeth to improve their appearance and how they work. Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws.
Orthodontic treatments can correct many types of malocclusion. A few examples of malocclusion would be:
Open bite, space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together.
Crossbite, when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting normally.
Overbite, where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth.
Crooked teeth and teeth that are not aligned properly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
The treatments may take a few months or years to move your teeth slowly into the correct position. It all depends on the severity of your problem, your age and the treatment used. Orthodontic treatments can be done by a trained general dentist or by a specialist referred to as an orthodontist.
There are many different types of fixed and removable appliances. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be most effective. Your dentist or orthodontist will decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Examples include: