The orthodontics branch of dental care deals with correcting the spaces between teeth; their angles; the functioning and positioning of the jaw. This is because oddly spaced and angled teeth don’t just look unattractive, sapping your confidence. They are harder to clean and can be a strain on your gums and ligaments. This can lead to cavities, degeneration of muscle and bone tissue over time - and even headaches and spasms that go all the way into your neck, shoulder and back.
That’s why it’s so important to get the help of a qualified orthodontist as early as possible. The younger a patient is, the easier it is to diagnose a problem or disorder. Moreover, orthodontic care is largely about working with muscles and ligaments - and the younger a person is, the more pliable their soft tissue.
Having said that, over 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults - and with modern advances in dental technique, you can be an orthodontic patient very discretely. Between invisible braces, night-time dentures and all the technology available today, you can have a straight, beautiful smile no matter your age!
Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
A lot of the time, our teeth really aren’t as “crooked” as they may appear. What looks like a misshapen mouth to you may actually be the result of one or two oddly sized or shaped teeth. If this is your case, it’s most likely that your problem can be easily solved through a combination of veneers, implants, and/or overlays.
However, if the problem goes beyond several teeth and affects your whole jaw - to the point that it is impossible to correct your overbite, underbite, crossbite or poor spacing by working on the teeth alone - it is likely that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
Conservative treatments for children can take a couple of years, due to the importance of letting a child grow while their teeth are getting corrected. If you’re an adult, your treatment can be faster. In some cases, you’ll have a full set of evenly spaced teeth in as little as six months.
To find out more about orthodontics or any of the other services on this page, call us now at (610) 458-5165 to schedule an appointment with our dentists.