The truth about orthodontic treatment

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. Dr. Semah will formulate a treatment plan designed to correct your cosmetic and functional issues and provide you with your new straight smile.

Your 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:

  • Conventional orthodontics, using metal brackets and wires; this is what most people think of when they hear the term “braces.”
  • Conventional orthodontics, using tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires; this method provides a more cosmetically beautiful look.
  • Lingual braces, which are cemented to the tongue sides of your teeth for better aesthetics.
  • Invisalign, which is the virtually invisible method of straightening your teeth; Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners.

Orthodontic treatment for children should begin when your child is seven years old because the first permanent molars have erupted, allowing your orthodontist to fully evaluate jaw movement and tooth alignment.

If you’ve just had your braces removed this can be a momentous occasion. Now you finally get to see your beautiful new smile after all those months of wearing orthodontics. Since teeth often shift back after treatment, the purpose of the retainer is to prevent this from happening. The more severe the misalignment the more likely it will be that your teeth will try to move back to their original positions

Therefore, in order to keep that straighter smile, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in the proper position. In fact, retainers are often just as important as braces are to your orthodontic treatment.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for your children, call the Brick Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
in Brick, NJ at (732) 920-9220 today!

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