Orthodontics / Braces in Avondale

How to Improve the Appearance of Your Teeth By Using Orthodontics

If you have any of the following conditions, you know how embarrassing they can be.

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Over- or under-bite.

These are outwardly visible signs that you have some dental issues but there are other conditions too which only your dentists can spot. For example, your dentist will be able to tell if you have:

  • mis-aligned tips of your teeth which can cause excessive wear
  • crowded teeth which causes mis-alignment of your teeth in your jaw
  • impacted teeth, when adult teeth come through and are not positioned correctly.

In all of these cases, you may need dental treatment known as orthodontics.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that specialises in the treatment of improper positioning of teeth when a person closes their mouth. In common terms, this means your teeth are crooked in one way or another.

A common result for the patient is a condition known as malocclusion or an improper bite, either over- or under-bite. But for some it can be forms of speech impediment, pain when biting and other situations.

Orthodontics also covers treatment of some aspects of facial development specifically managing how the jaw is shaped and develops.  In years gone by, people's jaws might grow slightly out of shape which could be both unsightly but also lead to other dental problems in later years.

As a result, orthodontics is often used as part of cosmetic dentistry where patients go for orthodontic treatment with the aim of improving their appearance.

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment uses a wide range of dental appliances that are fixed to the head or jaw. These can include braces, plates, headgear, and others. The treatment is usually over a period of 12 to 24 months as the jaw is gradually re-aligned.

The process itself is not painful although there may be some discomfort while the appliance is fitted. There are also regular checks with your orthodontists to make sure the treatment is progressing correctly or if adjustments might be needed.

Are you too old or too young to have orthodontic treatment?

The interesting thing about orthodontic treatment is that it can be done at any age. Many people think that this type of treatment is only for young people, but that's not the case.

Getting orthodontic treatment at any age can help improve your oral health and dental appearance. However, the strength and health of your jaw and gums will need to be taken into account.

Therefore, if you don't like how your teeth look, have problems with biting or some aspects of speech, it is advisable that you see Avondale Dental Centre for advice on what to do. Orthodontic treatment can help improve your dental health, hygiene and facial structure for a better, healthier smile.

Call us today on 828-7484 for an appointment.