Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that concerns itself with the examination and treatment of malocclusions or misaligned teeth. Typical orthodontic treatments utilise certain dental appliances to improve the patient’s smile, among other benefits. Patients looking to undergo orthodontic treatment should let a skilled dentist handle the procedure for the best possible results.
Sandhu Dentistry is home to capable and experienced dentists who can provide expert orthodontic treatment for you or for your child. We provide conventional (i.e. metal) as well as clear dental braces. Approach one of our locations today and let a dentist examine your teeth and determine which solution suits you as well as whether or not orthodontics is right for you.
How are malocclusions formed?
Malocclusions are sometimes the result of a naturally improper bite formation; it so happens that some people just have naturally odd teeth spacing. In some cases, malocclusions are the result of tooth crowding, itself caused by factors like the dental arch of the patient being too small for the adult teeth, the retention of baby teeth that inhibit the growth of adult teeth, and so on.
Fixing malocclusions with braces
To put your misaligned teeth back into proper order, you will need a dental appliance to straighten them, such as dental braces. Conventional dental braces utilise brackets, wires, and elastic ties in order to slowly shift teeth into place. Clear braces, on the other hand, are plastic aligners that can be removed at mealtime and appear virtually invisible, thereby eliminating any show of Metal. Braces work over time, and patients who wear them will need to visit their dentist for periodic adjustments until optimal alignment is achieved.
Why should you fix malocclusions?
Having an improper bite or crooked teeth is incredibly troublesome. For one, it can affect your appearance and smile, which could lower your self-confidence. Severe cases of malocclusion can also cause speech impediment, jaw pain, sleep apnea, and difficulty chewing. In addition, crooked teeth can complicate brushing and flossing efforts because of the awkward angles and spots formed by your misaligned teeth.
Can adults have dental braces?
While it is a common perception that dental braces are often prescribed for young patients, adults can also benefit from wearing dental braces if needed. It is never too late to have braces installed so you can realign your teeth and improve your smile. Speak with your dentist today and find out how your teeth can still be improved upon.