Is to create a smile/bite that will promote health for life which is usually accomplished by avoiding retractive orthodontics.
A lot of orthodontic is retractive which means the teeth are moved back towards the throat. This type of treatment can lead to numerous problems;
- TMJ issues
- Popping/ clenching
Here, we try to expand and move the teeth forward (not backwards towards the throat) when required. The long term health is key not just a pleasing smile.
Why should I get braces?
There are two main reasons to consider orthodontic treatment.
- To improve the esthetics of you smile.
- To improve the function of your bite.
Orthodontic treatment can correct, crooked, crowded and rotated teeth. As well as overbites, underbites and TMJ/TMD (jaw issues).
Are there any other benefits to getting braces?
Yes, having better aligned teeth can help prevent decay, gum disease and bone loss. You will have less plaque and food trapped between and around teeth, allowing you to easily maintain optimal oral care with regular brushing and flossing. In addition, once your teeth are better aligned in to a functional comfortable bite the risk of irregular enamel wear and TMJ (jaw) pain are dramatically decreased.
Are there other health benefits to orthodontic treatment?
Yes, many patients that undergo orthodontic treatment to correct a misaligned bite experience a decrease in headache and earaches. If you are unable to adequately chew your food due to a misaligned bite you may suffer gastrointestinal issues as well.
At what age should kids start orthodontic treatment?
Every case is different, but it is never too early to get an option and find out your options, there are many case when early intervention can prevent more extensive treatment later in life. For example with some younger patients we can us an expander appliance to help create room as the child is growing, thus allowing room for the teeth too come in with less crowding and hopefully avoiding or at least decreasing the need for braces.
Am I too old for braces?
It could be that you’ve always thought about having a straighter more attractive smile, or it could be that your teeth have shifted over the years; this can occur due to injury, health conditions, and natural growth or if you’ve had orthodontics in the past, inconsistent or lack of wearing retainers. Many adult orthodontic cases we see here are bite correction case, where the patient has been experiencing symptoms of TMJ distorted such are, irregular wear of their enamel, headaches, soreness of the joint or reduced function (inability to eat and chew comfortably). Whatever the reason, healthy teeth can be moved at any age. A straighter better aligned smile can have a very positive effect, emotionally, socially, functionally and health wise.
Are there options or do I have to have metal braces?
Now a days the metal brackets are smaller, more effective and less noticeable then in the past. From a treatment standpoint they are the best, most cost effective and quickest way to achieve great results. There are however options such as ceramic “clear brackets” or Invisalign
“clear aligners” if you are looking for a less noticeable option.
How long will I be in braces?
Treatment time can vary based on each individual case and how much movement is needed. On average 12 to 24 months.
How often will I need to have an appointment?
This too can vary based on your case, but most likely ever 4 weeks for adjustments.
Are there things I need to avoid once I get my braces on?
Yes, your hygienist will go over everything in detail when they see you. You will need to avoid certain foods , mostly things that are very sticky (like taffy) and things that are hard to bite into (like nuts). Also if you have clear brackets you may want to avoid foods that stain (like coffee).
Are braces very expensive?
The cost will depend on your case, what is involved and the length of treatment. Many insurance plans with cover part of the cost and our office can help by arranging monthly payments to spread the cost out for you.
What can I expect from the procedure?
Not sure what to expect? Watch the video below which should give you an idea of what to expect when having your brackets placed.