Orthodontics refers to a specialized branch of dentistry which corrects poor tooth positioning and improper jaw alignment. This treatment is used to correct both cosmetic issues and problems with chewing function. Genetics and growth rates of your oral structures contribute to alignment problems and crowding.
Your orthodontist will evaluate your jaw and tooth alignment by using the latest technology including comprehensive x-rays of your jaws and supporting structures. They will formulate a treatment plan designed to correct your cosmetic and functional issues and provide you with your new straight smile.
Your general dentist or orthodontist can partner with you and correct issues including:
Moving crowded or overlapped teeth to give you a cosmetically beautiful smile
Restoring good chewing function by correcting poor bite alignment
Closing gaps or spaces between teeth for a great smile
Positioning twisted or rotated teeth correctly to prevent excessive wear
Now, thanks to modern dental materials and techniques, your orthodontist can offer a number of options to correct jaw issues and straighten your teeth. You can choose from:
Invisalign, which is the virtually invisible method of straightening your teeth; Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners.
Traditional Braces, using metal brackets and wires; this is what most people think of when they hear the term “braces.”
TMJ Treatment, treatment for frequent headaches, popping and aching jaws or facial pain are often suffering from this common jaw disorder.
Orthodontic treatment for adults can begin at any time. Just remember it may take a little longer to gradually move your teeth, but you are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment for children should begin when your child is seven years old because the first permanent molars have erupted, allowing your general dentist or orthodontist to fully evaluate jaw movement and tooth alignment.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment and want to discuss your options and the results you can expect, call Dr. Smaltz at A Better Day Dental in Newnan, GA, at 770-254-8000. Call today and find out more!