Orthodontics / Braces

Orthodontics / Braces

Malocclusion is the dental term for teeth that don’t feet together properly orthodontics is the branch of the dentistry that corrects malocclusion, the size of the teeth and how they fit into a person’s jaw or inherited traits, some people are lucky and naturally have great teeth other aren’t so lucky habits such as thumb sucking can also put pressure on teeth and cause a malocclusion missing teeth can cause a bad bite to develop the teeth around the space to shift and this can throw off an entire bite, there are many types of malocclusion, the upper jaw can be too far out, the lower jaw can be too far out, both jaws can be protube, crowding can be a problem.

There may be too much space between the teeth or teeth may be in a cross bite a malocclusion that isn’t corrected can really affect a person’s profile and appearance it may also contribute to tooth decay, bone destruction, loss of teeth and jaw joint problem causing headaches difficulty in opening and closing and clicking and popping and sore and painful jaw muscle.

Correcting your bite with orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health, the added bonus a bust in your self confidence and a terrific looking smile.

Teeth can be straighten in any age, in fact, 1 out of 4 orthodontic cases in the U.S. today is on adults until the 1980’s a steel band went around each individual tooth like a ring, the wire that pulled the teeth into the line was attached to a little bracket that was on the front of the steel bands, you may remember what this looked like a mouth full of metal, fortunately today we replace this bands with brackets that are bounded with an adhesive right to the front of the teeth they are much more comfortable smaller in size then a unpopped popcorn kernel and much less noticeable clear sapphire brackets are also available but they are usually more expensive and tougher to keep clean, a stainless steel wire still connects the brackets in different sizes provide the pressure to move the teeth elastics that now come in many fashionable colors holds the wire in place, special elastic bands may be added to speed up teeth movement, different wires and attachments are used in difficult cases.

It’s pretty amazing how far teeth can move through bone, your bone responds to the tension created by this bracket and wires by making special cells on each side of the tooth, this cell’s remove bone on one side of the tooth and make bone on the opposite side, that’s what allows tooth to move. It’s hard to clean your teeth one your braces are on, so regular cleaning appointments are more important than ever. Permanent white stains may form on teeth if plaque isn’t regularly removed after treatment retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new alignment. Some retainers are designed to be removable while others are cemented in place, it’s nice to know that for orthodontic treatment you are never too old to improve the health of your mouth and have a beautiful smile.