Understanding Different Orthodontic Treatments
This area of our practice deals with problems involving jaw and teeth alignment, and the abnormalities that occur as the result of genetic predisposition, injury, or some other issue that affects alignment and positioning. If you think it’s time to seek out a good Hollywood, FL Orthodontist, try to consider the following in your search.
Orthodontics & Orthodontic Treatment
If you have problems such as:
- Crooked, twisted, or tilted teeth that are aesthetically unattractive.
- Crooked, twisted, or tilted teeth that cause pain and affect the functionality of your teeth.
- Wearing and decay that result from crooked, twisted, or tilted teeth.
- Crowding: This is referring to an abundance of teeth that overwhelm the dental ridge. This may result from abnormal facial development, sleeping posture, or eating hard foods too early in life.
- Underbite: The lower set of teeth sticks out beyond the upper teeth causing a “reverse bite.”
- Large Overbite: Your top set of teeth extend far beyond the lower teeth.
- Misaligned Bite or Jaw: A small overbite is ideal so that teeth don't clink together. A perfect vertical alignment can lead to damage, cracks, and additional problems.
Other alarming conditions in need of an orthodontic checkup include large teeth spacings or gaps, open bites, impacted teeth, displeasing or dysfunctional teeth, mouth breathing, and gum disease.
Ideally, your initial assessment for orthodontic issues ought to be carried out in the formative years of life. For example, around age 2 a professional can effectively diagnose and treat growth issues.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
While some people have naturally straight teeth that form a perfect bite, most of us have small or large misalignments that need correction. If you have bite problems, you may want to seek orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontics refers to the branch of dentistry that specifically deals with abnormalities. These abnormalities can range from aesthetic to serious pain and dysfunction. Professional orthodontic care involves the use of devices, such as braces, to reset teeth and keep them from causing major problems down the line.
Some of the most popular treatments in this field include:
When you have a problematic bite, clear aligners are the most popular modern-day solution to correct it.
Not everyone qualifies for these, but most misalignments are small and don't require surgical intervention. In these cases, you can get away with wearing a clear plastic retainer over teeth that will seamlessly correct them without the people around you noticing. This is especially useful for adults and those working in the professional world. They're helpful if you want to convey authority, maturity, and avoid the common stereotypes that come along with wearing metal braces.
The most popular brands of clear aligners are ClearCorrect and Invisalign. They work to gently usher your teeth into the ideal position over time, offering a removable device with excellent bite correction.
Further, clear aligners are desirable as they can correct a variety of problems, are typically painless, and visually appealing.
Metal braces have been used over decades with substantiated results. Via a pulling and pushing effect, braces work similarly to clear aligners to manipulate teeth growth and positioning. They are still the go-to solution when an aggressive alteration is needed, and are usually cheaper than aligners. However, they require more maintenance and can be pretty painful to adjust.
Retainers usually come into play after braces or aligners. They help keep repositioned teeth in place over time.
True to its name, a retainer ensures teeth stick to their new placement without additional intervention.
Teeth can “remember” initial growing spots for decades, and a retainer prevents that from becoming a problem after you've sought orthodontic treatment to fix that. However, they are usually a follow-up measure to maintain the results of orthodontic devices. The only downside is that if you stop wearing your retainers at night, your teeth may revert to their old ways.
Headgear solves the problem of a massive overbite created by an exceeding upper jaw.
It's not a particularly attractive device, but this can help correct severe abnormalities without surgery. The device consists of a face bow that holds the top row of teeth in place and a strap that reinforces to the back of the head. It slows down growth allowing the lower set of teeth to “catch up.”
These are usually worn by adolescents between 12–22 hours each day. In order to correct the overbite, it can take 12 to 18 months depending on the severity of it and the patient's age. Teeth can become more resistant with age, so it's better if you begin wearing headgear early.
Crowding can occur when normal teeth are surrounded by teeth that don't obey boundaries. Space maintainers hold the space of a tooth that's lost prematurely.
For example, if baby teeth fall out too soon the dedicated space for those teeth can be lost. This can cause crowding of the underlying adult teeth which may not be able to push baby teeth out of the way.
Then, the adult teeth may grow into the spaces vacated by baby teeth, and if there isn't enough room for them, they'll grow out of alignment. This is often the source of crooked teeth in adulthood. A mix of timing and misdirected pressure can cause all sorts of common issues we treat in orthodontics.
A space maintainer ensures this doesn’t happen by holding the neighboring teeth apart through metal wires. However, we don't always use them for children.
In other words, if a baby tooth is lost in the four upper front teeth, a space maintainer isn't necessary.
Also known as lip bumpers, these serve to sufficiently separate the teeth and cheeks/lips.
Furthermore, they help alleviate any pressure that might cause damage to the insides of your cheeks, like cheek biting. Interestingly, these are most effective on baby teeth.
An orthodontic treatment that can be paired with braces, archwires take on the outline of your dental arch. This also helps to set straight straying teeth. They are particularly adept at fixing severe rotations and overcrowding.
Sleep Apnea devices
Sleep apnea can be draining and even dangerous. It occurs when breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you're sleeping. If you snore loudly, this disorder may be the underlying cause.
Oral devices work to facilitate proper airway positioning while sleeping. They ensure excellent breathing and a good night’s rest when the issue is related to an orthodontic obstruction. The most common brands of these include the Tongue Retention Device (TRD), Nightguard, and Mandibular Advancement Device, popularly known as MAD.
These often pair with a pressure ventilator machine. Many older patients use these to remedy a number of issues.
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There are many orthodontic solutions beyond this, and your Hollywood, FL orthodontist will determine which one is right for your needs.
Getting orthodontic assistance has a number of additional benefits beyond what you're actually treating.
It improves the effectiveness of dental hygiene (flossing and brushing), betters speech, eliminates sleep issues, reduces risk of dental diseases, does away with nagging pain/discomforts, and leads to a confident smile that’s good for your self-esteem.