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7

Orthodontic Treatment: When and Why

Posted in Braces

Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that diagnoses and treats irregularities of the teeth and face. The goal of the orthodontist is to straighten teeth and provide you with a good bite.  A good bite makes it easier to bite, chew and speak. With today’s technology, orthodontic appliances are more comfortable and less visible.

There are two main types of orthodontic appliances. One uses braces, which are attached to the teeth, and the other is removable. The patient can take this removable type of orthodontic appliance in and out of their mouth.

Why do people need orthodontic treatment?

  • Straighten teeth.
  • Fix a misalignment of teeth and gums.
  • Correct an irregular bite.
  • Close gaps between teeth.
  • Trauma to the teeth.
  • Prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use.
  • Premature loss of permanent teeth.

Many people seek orthodontic treatment because it helps them feel more comfortable with properly aligned teeth. Having attractive teeth can be a huge confidence builder. Orthodontic treatment is also used in several fields of dentistry. Cosmetic and implant dentistry often use orthodontics appliances.

Orthodontic care is not just cosmetic.

Orthodontic care can help with the long term care of teeth. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. When it is easier to maintain good oral hygiene habits, you are less likely to become prone to gum disease and tooth decay.

Having straight teeth can also help with speech problems and provide your body with better nutrition.  A jaw that is misaligned can make it difficult to chew food properly. It’s possible to be in poor health simply because your jaws are not moving as they should be. Correcting this issue will enable you to chew and digest your food for maximum absorption of nutrients.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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