Orthodontics is a field in dentistry that deals with correcting jaws and teeth that are improperly positioned. Misaligned and crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean and are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay. Crooked teeth that are crooked can also detract from one's appearance and affect your self-confidence.
Since orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, an increasing number of adults are getting braces. Braces are no longer associated with teenagers alone, as no patient ‘is too old’ to have their teeth straightened.
The benefits of a successful orthodontic treatment plan include a more pleasing appearance, a healthier mouth, and teeth that will last longer.
Reasons for Orthodontic Treatment
- Crooked, crowded, or misplaced teeth
- Overbites or underbites
- Deep bites
- Jaw and/or facial asymmetry
- Big spaces between the teeth
Assessment for orthodontic treatment
Contact our practice if you have any of the issues above. We will conduct a comprehensive assessment that takes 45 minutes to an hour. The assessment will include:
- A full intra-oral and extra-oral examination
- Panoramic and Cephalometric x-rays
- Impressions for study models
- Extra and intra oral photographs
A complete diagnosis and treatment plan is created and will be presented on the second appointment.
Types of orthodontic treatment
Traditional metal braces
Metal braces remain the most commonly worn braces. Made with high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and custom archwires.
Ceramic or Braces
Ceramic braces are far less visible than metal braces, since they are made from clear materials. For this reason, ceramic braces are mainly used for patients who have aesthetic concerns.
Damon braces are quite similar to metal braces, but rather than elastic ties, they use a sliding-door technology that’s commonly known as “self-ligation.” This allows the wire of the braces to slide back and forth within the bracket to provide greater comfort, less friction and effective treatment.