Crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Given time, they may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment at your Fredericksburg dentist can result in better dental health.
Bad bites can result in abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and damage to supporting gum tissue. Sometimes crooked teeth and incorrect bites contribute to TMJ pain and associated headaches.
Orthodontic treatment often costs less than paying for treatment for more serious problems caused by problem bites.
In today's world a premium is placed on health and beauty. The mouth is a focus of attention because we consistently communicate and express our feelings through it. An attractive smile can make a positive difference, and create a better first impression. This can help with a child's acceptance in school and or an adult's projected image in their career or perhaps even a job interview.
In addition to improving the health of the mouth, orthodontics is one way to improve a person's looks and self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment gives a person a sense of control because it provides an opportunity to participate in improvement of one's appearance. Increased self-confidence often is observed even before treatment is completed.
An improved appearance through orthodontics treatment can greatly enhance one's self-esteem, and enhanced self-esteem can improve one's quality of life.
Who can benefit from orthodontics
Phase 1: Begins while your child still has many of their baby teeth and their permanent front incisors—typically around the age of 7. The goal of this phase is to improve moderate or severe orthodontic problems early. These problems include skeletal dysplasias, crossbites and moderate to severe crowding. Phase 1 treatment takes advantage of the early growth spurt and turns a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one. This may help reduce the need for extractions and/or surgery.
Phase 2: Begins a few years after Phase 1 and the majority of the permanent teeth have erupted — typically around the age of 11. Phase 2 treatment involves the placement of full braces on all of the permanent teeth. The goal of Phase 2 treatment is to achieve an ideal occlusion and alignment with all of the permanent teeth.
Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16, but this varies depending on each individual. Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results.
Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the problems that can develop in later years. Then there's the emotional side of an unattractive smile. When you are not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. Teenagers whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their smiles with tight lips or a protective hand.
It's never too late and it's rarely too early to enjoy the many benefits associated with braces. You don't have to live with less than perfect teeth. Regardless of your age, We have a treatment that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Maybe you didn't get braces when you needed them as a child, or maybe you did, but you stopped wearing your retainer. Orthodontics can still help you. You are never too old for a beautiful smile.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
Most common form of orthodontic treatment patients receive to correct problems. In most cases, braces are added to the upper and lower teeth to correct orthodontic problems involving alignment of teeth, proper jaw function and how the upper and lower jaw fit together. The objective of comprehensive treatment is to correct each problem and achieve the best bite possible for each patient during one single phase.
Comprehensive orthodontic treatment consists of the placement of the appliance, adjustments and follow-ups, removal of the appliance, construction of the retainer and any follow-up treatment needed to maintain the desired anatomical and aesthetic results.
The length of Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment typically depends on the severity of the problem to be corrected. Full treatment in correcting a protruding bite can take between 18 - 24 months. If the back teeth are aligned properly and the front teeth have minor crowding, treatment may only take between 9 - 18 months.
For more information about orthodontics and braces don't hesitate to call your Fredericksburg dentist at 540-899-9511.