Orthodontics refers to a branch of dentistry that deals with teeth straightening and teeth correction. People with misshapen, crooked, or misaligned teeth use orthodontic services to straighten their teeth. This doesn’t just have cosmetic benefits but also medical ones because misaligned teeth can often lead to issues like bruxism, dental damage, and other problems.
Yorktown Dental Spa provides some of the best orthodontic treatments including clear teeth aligners, invisible aligners, and other teeth correction methods. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of orthodontics at Yorktown Dental Spa.
Importance of Teeth Straightening Treatments
Most people don’t think crooked or misaligned teeth are dental emergencies — in most cases, that’s true. However, misaligned teeth can also lead to several problems in addition to simply looking bad.
If your teeth aren’t even, then you don’t have an even distribution of bite force either. This means some of your teeth will sustain the greater force of impact than other teeth. This also places greater stress on your chewing muscles and jaws. As such, misaligned teeth can lead to issues like dental injury, bruxism, and TMD — if not immediately, then some time in the future.
Furthermore, misaligned teeth also make it harder to brush your teeth or maintain oral health. If you have crooked teeth, then food particles are more likely to get stuck between your teeth and not come out even after flossing. Your occlusal surfaces may also not have the same self-cleansing mechanism as they generally should. This increases your risk of gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay as well.
Teeth straightening treatments are necessary for all of the aforementioned reasons. Orthodontists generally recommend teeth correction for the following conditions.
- Overbite/ Buck Teeth: When the upper teeth extend further out than the lower teeth.
- Underbite: When the lower teeth extend further out than the upper teeth.
- Open Bite: When the upper and lower teeth slant outwards and don’t meet in the middle.
- Spacing: When there are gaps between your teeth either due to poor spacing of teeth or because of missing teeth.
- Crowding: When your teeth are crooked because of overcrowding and a narrow jaw.
- Crossbite: A lateral misalignment of teeth in which one set of teeth are closer to the tongue or cheek than the upper or lower counterpart.
- Misplaced Midline: Misaligned teeth in which the upper and lower teeth don’t line up evenly in the center.
Types of Teeth Correction
Orthodontic and teeth correction methods come in various forms. However, orthodontic appliances can broadly be categorized into fixed and removable appliances.
During your consultation with the orthodontist, they’ll take an impression of your teeth. They’ll ask you to bite down on a dental mold so they can accurately study your teeth and they’ll discuss your goals. Based on that, they’ll recommend one of the following teeth correction appliances.
Fixed Orthodontic Appliances
Fixed orthodontic appliances are generally traditional metal braces and special fixed appliances. These are attached to the front surface of your teeth and held in place with archwires. As your orthodontic treatment progresses, the dentist tightens the wires to move your teeth in the desired direction.
Removable Orthodontic Appliances
Removable orthodontic appliances generally refer to invisible aligners like Invisalign and other clear teeth aligners that are made of clear thermoplastic and don’t use wires, splints to treat TMD, palatal expanders that expand the roof of your mouth and your upper jaws, or headgear that pull the front teeth back into a position of alignment.
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What are the benefits of invisible braces?
The following are some of the primary benefits of invisible braces:
- They’re not visible, which makes them cosmetically attractive.
- They can be taken off when necessary.
- They work faster than traditional braces.
Why should I go in for clear braces?
You should go for clear braces because no one can see them, which means you don’t have to fear social anxiety or self-consciousness. They’re also removable and comfortable.
How are clear braces better than traditional metal braces?
Clear braces are better than traditional metal braces because the latter is permanently attached to your teeth for several years and looks hideous.
Is tooth removal necessary for the alignment of teeth?
Tooth removal isn’t necessary for the alignment of teeth. However, in some cases, you may have crooked teeth because of a lack of sufficient space in your jaws. If so, the dentist may recommend tooth removal to accommodate all your teeth in alignment.
Is it safe to get braces while having cavities?
You should ideally get your cavities filled before getting the braces. However, it’s also normal to get cavities after getting the braces so they can also be filled while you have braces.
What is it like having an open bite and then getting braces?
If you have an open bite, your braces will apply pressure on your upper and lower teeth so they meet in the middle.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Orthodontists are specially trained to deal with teeth correction methods whereas dentists can deal with a wide range of dental issues including gum disease, dental injuries, cosmetic dentistry, and others.
Why are braces put on upper teeth first?
Braces aren’t always put on the upper teeth first. But, in some cases, the upper teeth may be larger and may require more time to move so braces will be put on them first.