Do you struggle with irregularities in your teeth and jaws? You are most likely in need of orthodontic treatment. When you delay orthodontic treatment, other issues can occur. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to early tooth decay. Orthodontic issues 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 headaches and TMJ disorder.
Don’t hesitate on orthodontic treatment any longer. Take advantage of the benefits braces can provide, including improved oral health, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Although orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum oral health with properly aligned teeth and jaws.
How Do Braces Work?
In order to move your teeth into proper position, braces place constant, gentle pressure in a carefully controlled direction. This direction is decided by your orthodontist at the beginning of your treatment plan. You will have regularly scheduled visits so we can keep an eye on your progress and make adjustments to your treatment as you continue the treatment plan.
Orthodontic appliances are available in a variety of styles, including: metal, plastic and ceramic. No matter the style, braces all have the same end result; better oral health as well as properly aligned teeth and jaws.
Duration of Treatment
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the dental problem, patient growth, the rate at which the patient’s teeth move and most importantly patient cooperation. The more involved and diligent you are, the quicker your treatment will be.
Before beginning orthodontic care, your dentist will discuss all of your options, provide an estimate of how long your treatment will take and answer any questions you may have. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide. Your brand new smile is waiting for you!