By definition, orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment is the process by which your teeth are repositioned/straightened to improve esthetics and function. Braces or other fixed or removable appliances are used to put gentle pressure on your teeth over time. Eventually, this pressure moves your teeth and jaws into their ideal position.
Although removable appliances are not as precise as braces, they can move a tooth or a group of teeth. They are fitted by your dentist or orthodontist. Removable appliances can be worn before braces are applied, while braces are worn, or on their own to treat specific problems. Children should be assessed when they are losing their 8 front teeth usually between the ages of 6-11.
If you’re looking for a convenient way to straighten your teeth without advertising the fact that you’re receiving orthodontic treatment, consider Invisalign™. Invisalign invisible braces are the most innovative method available to get a beautiful, straight smile without traditional metal braces. Clinton Dental is a certified Invisalign provider and can provide you with these comfortable, removable and invisible aligners that will allow you to achieve a straighter smile.
SIX MONTH SMILES
Six Month Smiles® short term orthodontic treatment is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.
People of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
The position of your teeth and jaws has an effect on your occlusion or bite. Your bite is how your top and bottom teeth come together. When your top and bottom teeth do not fit together properly, this is called a malocclusion. Problems like missing, crooked, crowded or protruding teeth can contribute to a malocclusion. Thumb or finger sucking may also affect your bite.
A malocclusion can make it difficult to chew food and may cause some teeth to wear down quickly or unevenly. It can also cause muscle tension and pain. Teeth that stick out are more easily chipped or broken. Crowded and crooked teeth are harder to clean and may be more likely to get cavities and gum disease. Fixing a malocclusion improves your smile and your health. Different types of malocclusions include an overbite, a crossbite, an overjet and an open bite.