Almost everyone can benefit in some way from orthodontic treatment. However, some patients may require more care than others. To enhance the appearance of their smile, many people get orthodontic treatment. But orthodontics can also improve chewing performance and oral health, in addition to any cosmetic advantages.
Underbite, which occurs when your lower teeth protrude further than your upper teeth, and overjet, which occurs when your upper teeth protrude over your lower teeth, are two common issues that can be corrected by our Orthodontist in Kettering.
Orthodontic treatment obviously has its aesthetic advantages. However, these treatments also have advantages in terms of the function and health of your teeth:
The biggest short-term drawback is that you’ll need to carefully adhere to treatment recommendations and exercise patience till you achieve your goal. Orthodontic therapy can be completed in less than a year for some patients. Others may require up to two years or more. Treatment timeframes vary from person to person because everyone has different needs. For further information, ask our orthodontist in Kettering.
Additionally, your risk of cavities increases if the area around your orthodontic appliances is not cleaned adequately. Take care to abide by your orthodontist’s oral hygiene advice.
The field of orthodontics encompasses a variety of treatments. Among the most typical are:
Retainers – a personalized oral appliance that prevents teeth from shifting from their ideal locations. To maintain treatment outcomes, your orthodontist might advise you on how frequently to wear your retainer.
Braces – Braces use a combination of brackets, bands, and wires to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions over time. Depending on your requirements, there are several types of braces, including clear (ceramic) braces and conventional metal braces.
Clear aligners – As an alternative to braces, clear aligners are very common. These systems employ a set of personalized, transparent aligner trays to correct your teeth as opposed to requiring brackets and wires. Before transitioning to the following set in the series, you wear each set of trays for one to two weeks. Your teeth will gradually move into their right locations thanks to the clear aligners.
All ages can benefit from orthodontics. In fact, we are assisting more adults than ever before in straightening their teeth and improving their confidence in their looks, thanks to the ongoing advancements in dental technology and expanded availability of clear braces and aligners at Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic.
Here are some advantages of orthodontic treatment for children and adults alike:
If your teeth have left you feeling insecure, or your child is experiencing bullying at school due to the appearance of their smile, seeking out orthodontic treatment with an orthodontist could help to restore confidence and boost self-esteem.
It’s also true that an adult who is mindful of their protruding teeth or their misaligned grin will discover their confidence soars through the roof after their teeth have been put back in their proper position.
Poor bites and misaligned teeth can often be seen as the leading cause behind uneven force distribution and wear patterns, leading to noticeable tooth wear as a result. Headaches can occasionally result from severe tension on the jaw joints’ supporting bone structures and gums.
People who have crooked teeth, or a faulty bite may find it difficult to bite and chew their meal. This may result in issues including a restricted diet and digestive issues. Not only does it appear better cosmetically, but by fixing alignment and biting problems, a person can eat a larger variety of foods and effectively digest them, improving overall health.
Straight teeth can be much easier to maintain, and less vulnerable to damage or harm. When the toothbrush can effectively clean most of the flat surfaces of the teeth, it is much simpler to eliminate plaque and bacteria from the teeth. Significant crowding increases the risk of decay, gum disease, and erosion of the teeth’s supporting bones.
The importance of early intervention cannot be overstated when it comes to orthodontic issues. Even if there do not appear to be any orthodontic issues, Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic advises that children get their initial examination with an orthodontist no later than age 7 – or as soon as an orthodontic issue is identified.
Children have a mixture of baby (primary) and permanent teeth at the age of 6 to 7. Regardless of a child’s age or whether they still have their baby teeth, there are some unique orthodontic issues that call for early intervention and repair.
Our orthodontist specialists will let you know if a problem is present or could arise, as well as whether orthodontic treatment is suggested, when it should be carried out, and how long it will take to complete.
A variety of braces may not always be used in early family orthodontic therapy. According to the severity and type of issue that needs to be fixed, the treatment approach will differ. The purpose of early treatment is to create a balanced jaw relationship, as well as the ideal conditions for the eruption of the permanent teeth further down the line.
To help the next permanent tooth erupt into the correct position, an early intervention may occasionally involve extracting a baby tooth that is refusing to erupt.
When it comes to stopping a thumb- or finger-sucking habit, it may sometimes be necessary to intervene with special techniques or appliances. Other times, it may just require training and correction of tongue position when swallowing.
A palate expander may be used as treatment if a child’s upper jaw is too narrow. This is an issue that is often seen to be the cause of breathing and airway issues, teeth overcrowding, and can even impede the development of the lower jaw.
Sometimes, braces are advised to improve jaw and teeth alignment. Our orthodontist will identify your child’s orthodontic issues and suggest the type of treatment that they think will be most effective.
Orthodontic examination often involves a thorough review and assessment of the size and position of the jaw bones, the proportions of the face, and the normal growth and positioning of the teeth.
Our methodical technique includes precise orthodontic photography to chart and measure the position of the jaw and teeth, a thorough examination of the mouth, face, and dental structures, and any required x-rays to assess the growth of the teeth and jaw bones.
Appropriate intervention is advised if any issues are identified, or if the patient may be developing orthodontic issues.
Learn more on how we can assist your journey to good oral health and a confident smile, as well as which treatment options are available, here on our teeth straightening page.Back to Blog
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