Benefits of Treatment
Your Smile is a Window!
Your smile is your greeting to the world. It’s also a window to an important part of your dental health — the alignment of your teeth.
Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked teeth or spaces between the teeth may be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Improperly aligned teeth and jaws — called a “malocclusion” — can also lead to a host of sometimes painful dental disorders.
The good news is that orthodontic treatment can correct these problems … and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that fit well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem.
What Causes Orthodontic Problems?
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired by thumb- or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, or the early or late loss of baby (primary teeth), for example.
Why is treatment so important?
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?
A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable orthodontic appliances, including fixed braces and removable appliances, more and more adults are finding treatment appealing