Orthodontics is a dental branch that focuses on correcting teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Did you know that correctly aligned teeth are healthier than misaligned teeth? Misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean making room for tooth decay and periodontal disease. They can also cause extra stress on the muscles that you use to chew causing headaches and discomfort. In addition to creating a healthier mouth, orthodontics cosmetically improves your smile.
Orthodontics can improve and correct misaligned bites. An underbite, occurs when the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth are too far back. Reversely, and overbite occurs when the upper teeth lie forward over the lower teeth. Crossbites, openbites, spacing, and crowding are a few other cases that orthodontics can improve.
Using diagnostic tools such as dental X-Rays, molds, and a clinical exam, your orthodontist will determine whether or not you’re a candidate and can benefit from orthodontic treatment. There are many types of treatment options that include appliances that will gently apply pressure to your teeth and jaws and move your teeth into position. Your orthodontist may offer you fixed appliance treatments such as braces or space maintainers and/or in addition to, removable options such as an aligner.
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