It is important to feel attractive! Our office takes pride in helping to improve the appearance of our patients, to help to give them beautiful teeth and great smiles. Click here to see patients before and after their orthodontic treatment. In addition to improving your physical appearance, having straight teeth can improve your dental health as well. It can make it much easier to keep your teeth clean, to help avoid future problems like gum disease, cavities, and even the loss of teeth. Having a good bite can also help to avoid problems like premature wearing away of tooth structure, difficulty biting and chewing efficiently, stress on the jaw joint (TMJ) from misalignment of the bite, and will help your dentist to keep your teeth healthy.
There are lots of problems with the teeth that can be helped with orthodontic treatment:
- Overbite – This is when the top teeth cover the bottom teeth too much.
- Protruding teeth – This is when the top teeth stick too far forward, ahead of the bottom.
- Underbite – This is when the bottom teeth in the front are ahead of the top teeth.
- Crossbite – This is when the top teeth are tucked behind the bottom teeth.
- Open bite – This is when the top teeth do not touch the bottom teeth.
- Crowding – This is when there is not enough room for the teeth to fit into the dental arch.
- Spacing – This is when there is too much room between the teeth within the dental arch.
- Tilted teeth – This is when the teeth are angled either forwards or backwards in the mouth.
Most kids are ready for braces when their baby teeth in the back are becoming loose and starting to fall out. Sometimes kids are as young as eight when this starts to happen; sometimes they are not ready for treatment until they are in their teens. You can always make an appointment to see Modern Orthodontics to find out for yourself! There are some problems that should be taken care of when the patient is as young as six or seven.
- Top teeth too far forward
- Premature loss of baby teeth
Not at all; we treat lots of adult patients! Many of our more mature patients prefer our less noticeable alternatives, like our porcelain (white) braces or Invisalign.
To put on the braces is pretty easy; you spend most of your time just sitting with your mouth open while the doctor places the braces on your teeth. A few hours after the braces are first put on, the teeth can become quite sensitive to biting; eating soft foods and taking whatever medication you normally take for a headache (following the directions on the bottle) can help. Sometimes the braces can rub on the inside of your cheek or your tongue, and can cause a little irritation; we will give you some wax that you can place on any area that feels sharp that can help you to feel better. After the first couple of days, your teeth will feel much better. Although we will adjust the braces during your treatment, any resulting soreness is generally not as severe as when the braces are first put on!
The cost of your treatment may vary depending on your orthodontic needs, the complexity of the case, and the type of appliance that you choose. Many insurances will cover at least some of the cost of the braces; if you have dental insurance, you can call your insurance company and they will tell you how much of he cost of your treatment they will assist with.
Of course, the length of the treatment will depend on how complicated your situation is to begin with, the type of appliance you select, and our treatment goals. Usually, we try to finish most of our treatment within two years. Treatment with Invisalign is frequently somewhat shorter. Naturally, your treatment time will increase is you miss many appointments and you always damage and break your appliances!