A common problem people face is the misalignment of teeth, which over time can cause oral discomfort. A bad bite, also known as Malocclusion, can cause plaque buildup which could lead to gum disease. Crooked and misaligned teeth can also make it difficult to speak and chew food properly.
Orthodontic treatments are recommended when there is a need to enhance the orofacial appearance. When it comes to orthodontic treatments, there are many non-surgical orthodontic options available including braces, retainers, removable appliances and orthodontic aligners.Treatment can be beneficial and prevent future problems such as premature tooth loss, plaque buildup and jaw problems. The kind of orthodontic treatment you need depends on the oral diagnostic to achieve a balanced, aesthetic result. Our dental experts will recommend a treatment based on the severity of your bite, the degree of dental misalignment and your desired results. Below are some of the orthodontic treatment options offered at Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine.
Fixed Orthodontic Correction
There are several permanent orthodontic treatments available to straighten and align the teeth and mouth including traditional, ceramic and lingual braces. A bad bite, called a malocclusion, is often treated with braces. Braces are also used to treat a crossbite, overjet and open bite issues.
- Traditional Metal
The most common type of braces is the traditional braces which consist of standard metal brackets. Through the years they have become much smoother and more comfortable. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastic bands to make the braces dazzling and colorful.
- Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are less visible than metallic braces and look good. These appear more natural than the traditional metal braces.
- Lingual Braces
These are much like traditional metal braces but the difference is that the wires and brackets are placed on the inside of the teeth.
- Clear Braces
Not all braces brackets have to be metal. If you want your braces to be less obvious, clear braces may be for you. Clear braces function in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made with translucent materials.
Removable Orthodontic Correction
Detachable aligners are available and often the preferred orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth. These aligners include clear removable and retainers. These retainers and trays are comfortable and removable and look the most natural.
- Invisible Aligners
Clear aligners are a set of removable trays that are custom fitted to your teeth and appear invisible. Each new set of clear aligners applies a slight adjustment to your teeth. The aligners are very comfortable, because they’re made with a pliable material and fit snuggly to your teeth. These aligners are removable and look the most natural.
- Healthy Start for Young Children
To create a healthy smile, a child’s teeth need to be straight and their jaws need to be aligned properly. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a dentist examine your child while they still have their baby teeth. By age seven, enough permanent teeth have emerged to evaluate relationships developing between the teeth, the jaw, and bite patterns for your child’s dentist to make sure everything in the mouth will continue to develop as it should. If early preventative treatment is deemed necessary, it will occur in two phases. Early treatment will help prevent greater oral issues later, and thus more invasive orthodontic procedures when the child gets older. A little early prevention and intervention makes orthodontic work as a teenager much more comfortable and successful.
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