It seems that everyone, at some point in their life, has a need for orthodontic work these days. Braces and orthodontic treatments are a valuable tool for more reasons than just correcting a few crooked teeth. Used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion (teeth that are crowded or crooked), the benefits have proven to be abundant. Mouths with overcrowded or crooked teeth provide crevices and corners where bacteria breed easily. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can be both unsightly and painful, and can significantly affect overall health.
Even a person with relatively straight teeth may consider braces. An overbite, under-bite, or other jaw misalignment can become exceptionally painful, and will impact the wear and tear on teeth, which can cause life-long problems. Straightening your teeth aligns your jaws as they should be, taking stress off your temporomandibular joint, (TMJ), your teeth, and your gums. Improving your bite offers positive results in terms of both long and short-term health.
Sometimes braces are used solely for the sake of vanity – which is also a good thing. A confident smile makes a big difference and has been shown to effect job performance, social interaction, and much more.
Using braces to correct symptoms associated with malocclusion include:
- Mild to severe tooth pain
- Tooth loss
- Loss of supporting bone or tissue around the teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Jaw pain
- A popping, clicking, or grinding jaw
- Pain throughout the teeth, head, and neck
Advancements in dentistry and orthodontics have created a list of options of braces for kids and adults, giving patients a wide variety of options. Braces are continuously improving, and some are so discreet, nobody can tell you’re wearing them. The right kind of orthodontic treatment differs according to preference as well as what problem they are being used to correct. Any of the qualified specialists with American Dental Group can offer expert information to determine exactly what options will do the best job for you.
Abnormal bites tend to become evident between the ages of 6 and 12, so orthodontic treatment can often begin as early as age 8. Beginning treatment while a child is still growing helps produce optimal results. However, adults can still benefit from braces; healthy teeth can be treated with orthodontics at any age.
Braces and orthodontics are another dental service that is included in American Dental Group’s membership plan. Because we live and work in the same community as our members and providers, we can be sure that our orthodontic specialists are highly qualified and knowledgeable at the proper techniques and resources to ensure our members get the best treatment available.