For most people a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics and one that has been proven to enhance self-confidence and self-esteem.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics involves a diagnosis, prevention and treatment of both dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which means bad bite.
While most malocclusions are inherited, some are acquired. Inherited dental problems include overbite, crowding of the teeth, too much space between teeth and missing teeth, just to name a few.
Bad bites can also be caused by skeletal growth problems. The most common being under development of the lower jaw. Early treatment in these cases, makes a big difference.
What causes bite and orthodontic problems?
Acquired bite and orthodontic problems can be caused by:
- premature loss of teeth
How does orthodontic treatment work?
Teeth are moved into proper alignment by placing constant gentle forces in a carefully controlled direction with an orthodontic appliance. Many new choices exist today. Besides traditional braces, which are applied to the front of the teeth, There are now braces that can be attached to the back of the teeth.
Another way to move teeth is through clear orthodontic aligners or retainers, which you may have heard of referred to as Invisalign®.
Straight teeth allow you to bite, chew and speak more effectively and may be easier to clean, leading to better oral health.
When should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated no later than age seven. Early detection of orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
However, orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. In fact adults represent one out of every five orthodontic patients today!
How long does orthodontic, braces and clear aligner treatment, such as Invisalign® take?
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years depending on the growth of a patient's mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Early orthodontic (interceptive) treatment for children as well as minor tooth movement for adults may take as little as six months. Once treatment is completed, retainers are often used to maintain the results and keep your smile beautiful.
How much does orthodontic, braces and clear aligner treatment, such as Invisalign® cost?
The two major factors in determining costs are the complexity of the problem and the duration of treatment. Financing is usually available, and many insurance plans now include orthodontics.
Make an appointment today to learn more about the cost of braces, financing and payment plans for braces, orthodontics and clear aligners, such as Invisalign® can improve your smile, boost your self-confidence and enhance your life!