About Dental Orthodontics
This specific field of dentistry deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth. It is not only about the aesthetic appeal of straight teeth that should encourage individuals to want braces, the most common treatment for an orthodontic complaint, as incorrectly positioned teerth can lead to other dental conditions. Crooked teeth are generally more difficult to keep clean, which can result in other dental issues, such as cavities and decay. These teeth can also place extra stress on chewing muscles, which can lead to headaches and muscular pain.
Do you qualify for a orthodontic procedure?
There are many reasons why you many need braces or other orthodontic treatments. Some of the most common conditions is an overbite, when your top row of teeth stick out too far over your bottom teeth, or an underbite, which is when your bottom teeth stick out over your top teeth. A crossbite is when your teeth are not positioned correctly when biting or crowding, when there is not enough space in your mouth for all your teeth, are also common conditions. If you suffer from any of the above, you should contact our dentists.
Our dentists are able to help you achieve greater dental health without ever seeing a metal wire. Technology has advanced in that dentists are able to use clear plastic moulds, called aligners, to correct crooked teeth instead of wires and metal frameworks that are uncomfortable and difficult to clean. Braces, whether metal or plastic, can fix many orthodontic conditions, but other treatments for various conditions include removable retainers that stop the teeth shifting back into their original position; jaw repositioning appliances that help teach the jaw to close into an adjusted position; and lip and cheek bumpers to prevent the lip and cheek muscles from putting pressure on the teeth. For any advice on your specific condition and available treatments, look no further than 3rd South Dental.