Braces and orthodontics are used to correct "poor bite" or defective dental occlusion (when teeth are stacked or crooked). In some cases, the teeth are straight, but the upper and lower jaws do not fit correctly. These jaw problems or alignment of the teeth may be inherited or could result from injury, early or late tooth loss, or thumb sucking.
If you have a poor bite, make an appointment with us the specialist could recommend brackets or other types of orthodontics to straighten your smile. By correcting the problem, you get a nice smile, but more importantly, an orthodontic means a healthier mouth. Failure to correct a poor bite may result in other oral health problems, including:
• Dental caries
• Gum disease
• Loss of teeth
• Chewing and speech affected
• Unusual tooth enamel wear
• Jaw problems
There are different ways to straighten your teeth. The type of orthodontic treatment you follow will depend on your preferences and the options that our orthodontist proposes. Traditional brackets realign teeth by applying pressure. Usually, these are small brackets attached to the teeth, connected by a wire, which the orthodontist periodically squeezes to gradually move the teeth and jaw. They can be metal or the color of the teeth. Sometimes they are placed behind the teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can be provided by our orthodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
Since poor bite can be seen between the ages of 6 and 12, orthodontics often begins between 8 and 14 years. Starting treatment while the child is growing contributes to better results. That does not mean that adults can not have braces; Healthy teeth can undergo dental treatment at any age.
Treatment plans vary by case, but most people are on treatment for one to two years. Today's braces are more comfortable than ever. The new materials apply a soft and steady force to move the teeth and, generally, require less adjustments.
Not everyone is born with beautiful smiles, but with good oral hygiene routine and the help of orthodontics, you can have a beautiful and healthy smile.