Orthodontics is a dental specialty that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. These problems, known as malocclusions, can cause difficulty chewing, talking, sleeping, and other routine activities. Orthodontic treatments are a type of dental treatment that can correct the alignment of the teeth & improve the appearance and function of the smile. By wearing braces or another type of orthodontic appliance, patients can improve their bite alignment and the way the teeth come together. This can lead to greater oral health and a more attractive appearance.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
Braces are one of the most common types of orthodontic appliances and are used to straighten crooked teeth and reposition them in the mouth. They consist of brackets attached to the teeth that are connected to an archwire and elastics or rubber bands that apply pressure to the teeth to move them into place.
Invisalign, another popular option, uses a series of clear aligners to move teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces that can cause discomfort and pain, there are no sharp wires or brackets to cause abrasions and injuries. Treatment time varies but typically ranges from 6 months to 18 months.
Both types of treatments offer distinct benefits. Metal braces are often less expensive than Invisalign treatment. However, many adults prefer Invisalign due to the fact that it is virtually invisible to others and offers more comfort during treatment. Additionally, the results of both treatments are similar, with patients achieving straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatments
Patients benefit from orthodontic treatments like braces in a number of ways. The most obvious benefit is an improved appearance of the smile. However, there are also many functional benefits as well. For example, misaligned bites can cause issues with chewing, speaking, and even breathing, so correcting bite issues can alleviate these symptoms while improving oral function for patients. Additionally, straighter teeth are easier to brush and floss and can prevent plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and other dental health concerns over time. Lastly, by improving the overall appearance of a smile, patients are more likely to feel better about themselves and improve their self-esteem and confidence.
Many patients benefit from orthodontic care, but treatment is not right for everyone. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist. Your dentist can diagnose any conditions that may be harmful to your oral health and may also need to detect any growth and development problems as early in development as possible. In some cases, early intervention can give a child a much better prognosis for successful results during orthodontic treatment as an adult.
To learn more about orthodontic treatment options, visit our Daniel Tebbi, D.M.D. office at 16661 Ventura Blvd Ste 620, Encino, CA 91436, which is quite close to Sherman Oaks 91403, 91495, 91423, Studio City 91604, Van Nuys 91436, 91411, and Reseda 91335. You can also reach us at (818) 789-2034.