Orthodontics is a special field of dentistry that deals with the positioning of the teeth and jaws. Not only do crooked and misaligned teeth detract from a person’s appearance, they are also difficult to clean, and they are more likely to result in tooth decay, gum disease and other jaw problems. With orthodontic treatment, a patient can experience a healthier mouth, a better appearance and longer-lasting teeth.
Some of the reasons people receive orthodontic treatment include:
- Open bites
- Tooth Misalignment
- Spacing issues
The dentists at Dental American Group recommend that patients seek orthodontic treatment as early as possible in order to prevent larger problems from occurring further down the road. Children and teenagers are often prime candidates for orthodontic treatment. Some of the most popular methods of treatment are:
- Braces – A series of bands, wires and brackets that are bonded to the front of teeth and tightened as a way to correct positioning issues. They are worn at all times, and they are adjusted on a regular basis in order to achieve desired results. Today, braces are smaller and lighter than ever before, showing far less metal than in the past. They are relatively comfortable to wear and easy to clean, while still providing many long-term benefits.
- Retainers – Typically worn after braces have been removed, retainers are used to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position. They are removable, allowing them to be taken out when convenient. For example, many users wear a retainer at night and take it out during the day.
- Aligners – An alternative to traditional braces, aligners are worn over the teeth for the vast majority of the day in order to correct issues with positioning. They are completely clear, making them virtually unnoticeable to others. Since aligners are removable, they are extremely easy to clean and maintain. Aligners are custom made to fit very snugly over the teeth, adjusting their position slowly over time. In most cases, aligners achieve the desired results in less than two years. At Dental American Group, we are proud to offer patients the Invisalign brand of aligners.
If you would like to learn more about orthodontic treatment and how it can help you correct various issues with your teeth, please contact us to set up a consultation with an oral care specialist at one of our six locations across South Florida. You may call us at (786) 320-7554 to schedule an appointment.