Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which focuses on the correction of dental and facial irregularities, such as crooked teeth, improper bite, and misaligned jaw joints. There are numerous benefits to having orthodontic treatment such as increased ability to bite, chew and speak, decreased chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease, and decreased chance of tooth fracture. These benefits are largely due to the fact that straight teeth are much easier to keep clean. Crooked teeth can overlap one another thereby making it difficult to access all the tooth’s surfaces when brushing and flossing. Straight teeth are also more aesthetically pleasing which is great for people who are self-conscious about their smile.
Leaving orthodontic problems as is can unfortunately be detrimental to a person’s oral health, and even general health, in more ways than one. Abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, and excessive stress on gum tissue can all result from misaligned teeth and bite. Injuries to protruding teeth are more likely to occur than to teeth that are straight.
Misalignment of the jaw joints can lead to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. Orthodontic treatments are often less costly than the restorative dental care that may be required to correct potential issues down the road that resulted from leaving orthodontic problems untreated.
Orthodontic treatment begins with a short consultation with your dentist to determine if orthodontics is the right course of treatment to address and correct your concerns. After this has been established, a second appointment will be required to take photographs, x-rays and impressions of your teeth and bite. All of these things are needed by the dentist to develop a treatment plan which outlines the type of orthodontic treatment needed, how long treatment will take, and the costs associated with treatment. The dentist will then review this information with you at a second consultation which is free of charge. Once you are ready to begin treatment, our administration staff will assist you with booking the appropriate appointments and also in setting up a payment contract regarding monthly payments for treatment fees. We also offer the invisalign system for patients seeking a more discreet treatment method. If you would like to learn more about how orthodontics can help your smile and improve your health, contact us to book an initial consultation.